A few things about james reiss

His surname rhymes with “peace.”

His latest book is The Novel (CW Books, 2015). His work has appeared in such places as The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Hudson Review, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, Slate, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, plus anthologies, textbooks, and Web sites.

His first poetry collection, The Breathers, was nominated for the National Book Award. His fourth book of poems, Ten Thousand Good Mornings, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

He received writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as awards from the Academy of American Poets, the College English Association of Ohio, the Ohioana Library Association, the Poetry Society of America, the Pushcart Press, and the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York City. He has won four consecutive annual Zeitfunk Awards, in 2007–2010, from the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) for his reviews of independent radio producers’ pieces.

A Professor Emeritus of English and Founding Editor of Miami University Press in Oxford, Ohio, he is the proud papa of two daughters. He is also Grandpa Jim to two boys growing up on the East and West Coasts of the good old U S of A. His wife, Mary Jo McMillin, is the author of Mary Jo’s Cuisine: A Cookbook (Orange Frazer Press, 2007).

Reiss’s work has been catalogued in the James Reiss Collection (1960-2008), Walter Havighurst Special Collections, Miami University Libraries, Oxford, Ohio 45056. The collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, manuscript material and miscellanea. The collection omits Reiss’s fiction and most of his criticism.


Professor Emeritus of English and Founding Editor, Miami University Press [1992-2003]
Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056


M.A. (English), University of Chicago, 1964
B.A. (English), University of Chicago, 1963


2007-present:   Professor Emeritus of English, Miami University
1981-07:Professor of English, Miami University
1975-76:Visiting Poet and Associate Prof. of English, Queens College, CUNY
1973-81:Associate Professor of English, Miami University
1969-73:Assistant Professor of English, Miami University
1965-69:Instructor of English, Miami University
1964-65:Teaching Assistant in English, University of California, Davis


Façade for a Penny Arcade (Brooklyn, NY: Spuyten Duyvil, 2017), Novel.
When Yellow Leaves (Brooklyn, NY: Spuyten Duyvil, 2016), Novel.
The Novel. (Cincinnati, OH: CW Books, 2015), Poems.
Greatest Hits: 1970-2005. (Columbus, OH: Pudding House Publications, 2005), Chapbook, Poems.
Riff on Six: New and Selected Poems. (Cambridge, UK: Salt Publishing, 2003), Poems.
Ten Thousand Good Mornings. (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2001), Poems.
Nominated for Pulitzer Prize.
The Parable of Fire. (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1996), Poems.
Express. (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1983), Poems.
The Breathers. (New York: Ecco Press/Viking, 1974), Poems.
Nominated for National Book Award.
Self-Interviews: James Dickey. Co-ed. (Doubleday, 1970; LSU Press, 1984), Biography.

Periodicals (selected):

Agni, American Book Review, American Poetry Review, American Review, American Voice, Antaeus, Antioch Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Beloit Poetry Journal, BIGnews, Boulevard, Buffalo Report, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Review, Cleveland Plain Dealer, College English, Columbia, CounterPunch, Denver Quarterly, Esquire, Evansville Review, fiction international, Flights, The Formalist, Free Lunch, Fugue, Hawai’i Review, Heliotrope, Hudson Review, Iowa Review, Ironwood, Kenyon Review, Light Quarterly, Literary Review, Mademoiselle, Meridian, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, Midstream, Missouri Review, The Nation, Nebraska Review, New American Review, New Letters, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Nightsun, Nimrod, Ohio Review, Ontario Review, Planetarium Station, Paris Review, Parnassus, Pequod, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Public Radio Exchange, The Quarterly, Saturday Review, Seneca Review, Shenandoah, Slate, Smartish Pace, South Dakota Review, Spinning Jenny, Three Rivers Poetry Journal, Verse, Virginia Quarterly Review, Western Humanities Review. 

Anthology, Textbook, Newspaper & Online Reprints of Poems (selected):

Good Poems, American Places (Viking, 2011).
Poetry: A Pocket Anthology, Sixth Edition (Longman, 2008).
Castrati in Caesar’s Court, Four Walls Press, Iowa City, March 2004.
Drudge Retort, messages 10222 and 10223, 2003.
Poetry Daily, 2003, 2001, and 1998.
I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems about Ohio (University of Akron Press, 2002).
Flora Poetica: The Chatto Book of Botanical Verse (London: Chatto and Windus, 2001).
The Ohio Review: New & Selected (Ohio Review, 2001).
Rethinking America: An Intermediate Cultural Reader (Heinle & Heinle, 1999).
The American Voice Anthology of Poetry (University Press of Kentucky, 1998).
Viewpoints (Houghton Mifflin, 1998).
Pushcart XXI (The Pushcart Press, 1996).
Legacies (Harcourt Brace, 1995).
A Year in Verse (Crown/Random House, 1995).
A World of Poetry for CXC (Heinemann, 1994).
Writing Poems (HarperCollins, 1991), (Little, Brown & Co., 1987).
Vital Signs (University of Wisconsin Press, 1989).
Literature: Options for Reading and Writing (Harper and Row, 1989; 1985).
New York/Beijing (Coyote Press, 1987).
The Antaeus Anthology (Bantam Books, 1986).
Two Decades of New Poets: Thirty Poets (The Poetry Center, 92nd St. Y, 1984).
Divided Light: Father and Son Poems (Sheep Meadow Press, 1983).
Anthology of Magazine Verse (Monitor Books, 1986-88, 1985, 1984, and 1981 editions).
New York Poems (Avon Books, 1980).
From Generation to Generation (William Morrow, 1980).
50 Contemporary Poets (Longman, 1977).
Self-Portrait: Book People View Themselves (Random House, 1976).
Contemporary American and Australian Poetry (University of Queensland Press, 1976).
Heartland II (Northern Illinois University Press, 1975).
The American Poetry Anthology (Avon Books, 1975).
Eating the Menu: Contemporary American Poetry 1970-74 (Kendall Hunt, 1974).
Jewish-American Literature (New American Library, 1974).
Best Poems of 1973 (Pacific Books, 1974).
Poems One Line and Longer (Grossman, 1972).
Read Out Read-In (Ashland Poetry Press, 1971).
The Wallace Stevens Newsletter (Northwestern University, 1970).
A Consort of Poets (Ashland Poetry Press, 1969).
The Kansas City Star, 1965.

Readings (selected):

Anthology Film Archives
Arabica Café
Ashland University
Auntie’s Bookstore
Barnard College
Baruch College
Biblio’s Bookstore & Cafe
Blacksmith House Poetry Coffeeshop
Books & Co. (New York City & Dayton, Ohio)
Books in Shandon
The Book Stall (Winnetka, IL)
Brandeis University
Bread Loaf Writers Conference
Bridgeport University,
Bronx Community College,
Broward County Public Library (Florida)
Central State University,
Cincinnati Public Library
City College of New York
Cleveland State University
Colchester Arts Centre (U.K.)
Columbia University
Cornell University
Doctor Generosity’s
Donnell Library
Dorland Mountain Arts Colony
Eastern Washington State University
Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown)
Fordham University at Lincoln Center
Gotham Book Mart
Great Neck Public Library
Grolier Bookstore
Hebrew University, Jerusalem (Israel)
Joseph-Beth Bookstore
Laguna Beach Public Library
Lakota High School
Lane Public Library
Lawrence (NY) Public Library
MacDowell Colony
Manhattan Theatre Club
Marietta College
Medicine Show Theater
Miami University
Middle Tennessee State University
New England Poetry Club at Harvard University
New Letters on the Air
New School for Social Research
New York University
Northern Arizona University
Ohioana Library
Ohio Northern University
Ohio State University at Lima
Penine Hart Gallery
Phillips Academy
Poetry Society of America (National Arts Club, NYC; and Nassau County, NY)
Queens College, CUNY
Schoharie Arts Center
Sinclair Community College
State University of New York at Purchase
Syracuse University
Tin Palace
University of California at Davis
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Findlay
University of Redlands
University of Southern California
Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd St. Y (NYC)
Virginia Festival of the Book
WBAI (New York)
WBEZ (Chicago)
WCLV (Cleveland)
WGBH (Boston)
WMUB (Oxford, OH)
WNYC (New York)
WYSO (Yellow Springs, OH)
Woodstock Public Library
Writer’s Voice (NYC).

Grants/awards (selected):

Featured Illinois Author, Willow Review, spring 2012.
Zeitfunk Awards for Reviewing, The Public Radio Exchange, 2007-2010.
Helen & Laura Krout Memorial Ohioana Poetry Award, 2005.
Pulitzer Prize nomination, Ten Thousand Good Mornings, 2002.
Harriet Monroe Award, University of Chicago, judge, 1996.
Pushcart Prize, “A Rented House in the Country” (poem), 1996.
Dorland Mountain Arts Colony Fellow, Temecula, California:1991, 1993, 1999; admissions committee jury
member (writing): 1994-2004.
Poetry Society of America annual Lucille Medwick Award, 1989; annual Consuelo Ford Award, 1974.
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, 1987-88.
College English Association of Ohio: Nancy Dasher Book Award for Express, 1984.
Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist grants: 1980, 1981.
Big Apple Bicentennial Poetry Award, first prize, New York City, 1977.
MacDowell Colony Fellowships, Peterborough, New Hampshire: 1970, 1974, 1976, 1977.
Bread Loaf Fellowship, Breadloaf Writers Conference, Middlebury, Vermont, 1975.
CAPS Awards (Creative Artists Public Service, New York State Council on the Arts): 1975-76; 1978-79.
Discovery Award, The Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, New York,1974.
National Endowment for the Arts Individual Writing Fellowship, 1974-75.
National Book Award Nomination, The Breathers, 1974.
Two Borestone Mountain Poetry Awards, 1974.
Academy of American Poets first prizes, University of Chicago, 1960, 1962.