John Skoyles

Massachusetts, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012


 is Professor at Emerson College in Boston and Poetry Editor of Ploughshares.

 He is the author of an autobiographical novel, A Moveable Famine, (The Permanent Press, 2014); the nonfiction books, Generous Strangers (Kodansha,1999) and Secret Frequencies: A New York Education (Bison Books, 2006); and six books of poetry: A Little Faith; Permanent Change; Definition of the Soul; The Situation; Suddenly It's Evening: Selected Poems, and Inside Job (all by Carnegie-Mellon University Press).  His hybrid work, The Nut File, is forthcoming from Quale Press in 2017.

 His awards include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as fellowships from the New York and North Carolina Arts Councils. His commentary has aired on public radio, and he has been a regular book reviewer for the Associated Press.

 He has taught at Southern Methodist University, Sarah Lawrence College and Warren Wilson College, where he directed the MFA program. He has also served as Executive Director of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he had been a Writing Fellow. His work has appeared in numerous journals including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, The New York Times, The American Poetry Review, Hotel Amerika, Plume and B O D Y, and he has been a guest columnist for the Boston Globe







Twitter Username: @JGFXS


  • A Moveable Famine , The Permanent Press (May 23, 2014)


  • Professor and Poetry Editor at Emerson College and Ploughshares (September 1994 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from University of Iowa (May 1974)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry