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James Galvin

James Galvin was born in Chicago in 1951 and raised in northern Colorado. Galvin received his B.A. from Antioch College in 1974 and his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1977.

Galvin attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop when Donald Justice was on faculty. Justice "meant the most" to Galvin as a developing poet. After graduating from the Writers' Workshop in 1977, Galvin taught for two years at Murray State University and for three years at Humboldt State University in Northern California. Later, Galvin was invited to teach at the University of Iowa. "Although I am a Westerner," Galvin stated in an email correspondence with the Writing University, "I've stayed in Iowa City for the program, and because Iowa City is a great town."

He is currently a permanent faculty member at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and spends part of the year as a rancher in Tie Siding, Wyoming. The American West creates a dramatic landscape in both is poetry and his fiction.

Galvin is the author of Imaginary Timber, God's Mistress (winner of the National Poetry Series, selected by Marvin Bell, Elements, Lethal Frequencies, Resurrection Update: Collected Poems 1975-1997, X: Poems, and As Is. Galvin is also the author of two novels, The Meadow and Fencing the Sky both set in Wyoming.