James Hall

Associate Professor of English, Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House

James Allen Hall’s first book of poetry, Now You’re the Enemy, won awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers.  He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, the New York Foundation of the Arts, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center, as well as the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.  


Recent poems have appeared in New England Review, A Public Space, and elsewhere.  


His second book, I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well, is a collection of personal lyric essays.  The book was selected by author Chris Krauss as the winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Press’s Essay Award, published in April 2017 and winner of the 2018 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award for Nonfiction Prose.  


His lyric essays have appeared in Story Quarterly, Bellingham Review, CutBank, and Alaska Quarterly Review, among others, and one essay was selected as a “Notable Essay of the Year” in Best American Essays 2016.


A partial list of his favorite writers would include James Baldwin, Federico Garcia Lorca, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Gwendolyn Brooks, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, and Sylvia Plath.  

Ph.D., Creative Writing and Literature, University of Houston, 2006.
M.F.A., Poetry, Bennington College, 2000.
B.A., English Literature, Stetson University, 1997.

Current Course: Spring 2019

Literary Editing and Publishing

Previous Courses:

Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Poetry Workshop
Forms of Poetry
Global Research and Writing: Comic Women
Graduate Poetry Workshop
Queer Literature
Introduction to Poetry
Living Writers:  Lyric Nonfiction
Living Writers:  Poetic Apertures




“Now You’re the Enemy is a brilliant exploration of the structure of feeling. This debut collection, in an astonishing sleight of hand, inflates representation in order to deflate the inner screen that provides both the darkness and the monsters.” —Claudia Rankine

   I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well (Personal Lyric Essays)



Audio Archive:

Boxcar Review:  “Danger By Desire, A Conversation Between Jericho Brown and James Allen Hall”: http://www.boxcarpoetry.com/022/conversation_brown_hall.html

Devil’s Kitchen Reading Festival Award in Nonfiction
Cleveland State University Poetry Center Essay Collection Award
National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
Lambda Literary Award for Gay Male Poetry
Helen C. Smith Award from the Texas Institute of Letters
George Garrett Award for New Writing from the Fellowship of Southern Writers