Jim Barnes

Oklahoma State Poet Laureate Jim Barnes read for the Everett Series at on Tuesday, April 6 at the National Weather Center David Boren Auditorium (NE corner of Highway 9 & Jenkins, OU Campus, Norman).

Jim Barnes, of Choctaw and Welsh ancestry, grew up in Summerfield, Oklahoma. His non-fiction prose book, On Native Ground: Memoirs and Impressions, reflects Oklahoma and Native cultures and won the American Book Award in 1998. He has authored several volumes of poetry, including The Sawdust War: Poems, which won the Oklahoma Book Award in 1993; Paris: Poems; On a Wing of the Sun: Three Volumes of Poetry; and his most recent work, Visiting Picasso (University of Illinois Press, 2007).

Barnes earned his B.A. from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in Comparative Literature from the University of Arkansas. He served as professor and writer-in-residence at Truman State University for 33 years, and then served as Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at Brigham Young University. Barnes was the founding editor of the Chariton Review Press and is currently poetry editor for Truman State University Press and editor of the international journal The Chariton Review.

Barnes’ honors include two Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio (Italy) Residency Fellowships; a Senior Fulbright Fellowship in Switzerland (University of Lausanne); and two Camargo Foundation Fellowships. His individual poems and short stories have appeared in magazines in the United States and abroad, including Poetry, The American Scholar, Poetry Wales, The Nation, Kenyon Review, New Letters, and Sewanee Review. He has given readings of his work in the U.S., France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, The Czech Republic, Japan, and Korea.