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University of Nebraska-Lincoln, PhD

Poetry writing, poetics, and critical theory

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MFA


University of California-Irvine, MA

Visual Studies

Ohio University Honors Tutorial College, BA

Political Science

James Brunton received his PhD in English from UNL with specializations in poetry writing, poetics, and critical theory. James earned his MFA in Poetry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and also holds a master's in Visual Studies from the University of California-Irvine and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College. James' research explores the relationship between politics and aesthetics, and his current book project, Queers with Kids, is focused on the convergence of biopolitics and narratives of identity in American film and TV representations of LGBTQ parents. James' scholarship appears in Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies; Quarterly Review of Film and Video; and Journal of Modern Literature. James' poetry chapbook, The Future Is a Faint Song (co-authored with Russell Evatt), won the 2012 Dream Horse Press Chapbook Competition. His full-length poetry manuscript, Reclaimed, has been a finalist for the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Award, the Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press, the Tupelo Press Berkshire Prize, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, and the Levis and Intro Prizes from Four Way Books. It has also been a semifinalist for the Walt Whitman Award, the Alice James Books Beatrice Hawley Award, and the Crab Orchard Open Poetry Competition. His poems appear in Denver Quarterly, Mid-American Review, Cincinnati Review, The Journal, specs, Diagram, and other journals.