Poetry.LA Video Interview Series - Season 2 New segments posted thru Dec., 2014
David St. John is a prominent national poet and scholar beloved by many Southern California poets for his generosity as a teacher and mentor. In this interview, he discusses his development as a poet and his ideas on craft. St. John has been honored with many of the most significant poetry prizes, including the Rome fellowship and the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Folger Shakespeare Library' s O.B. Hardison Prize. The most recent of his ten poetry collections are The Window (Arctos Press, 2014), The Auroras: New Poems (Harper, 2012), and The Face: A Novella in Verse (Harper Perennial, 2011). With Cole Swenson, he co-edited American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry (W.W. Norton, 2009). St. John's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and American Poetry Review, among other magazines and journals. He is currently Chair of the University of Southern California English Dept.
"Poems are like film, like cinema."