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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jim Reiss  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;


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Reiss graduated with both his BA and MA from the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Reiss has written six books of poetry and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, Esquire, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Paris Review, Poetry and Slate plus many anthologies, textbooks, and Web sites. He has won numerous national and regional literary awards and grants. A professor emeritus of English at Miami University, Reiss is founding editor of Miami University Press.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Novel: Poems
ISBN: 1625491123

CW Books. 2015

If James Reiss wants "to jostle a reader's heart / into snare drumming for bit / players on side streets," the poems in The Novel reach for rhythms right around the corner. Whether you're waiting for a bus or busing tables as a waiter, these poems' characters, their storylines, are part of an underground bestseller that will make you tap your feet and clap your hands.

Riff on Six: New and Selected Poems
ISBN: 1844710319

Salt Publishing. 2003

This book contains poems from Reiss's first four books, plus rollicking new work from his fifth volume, Slap Me Five, and his sixth collection of laugh-outloud rhyming satirical war verse, A Child's Garden of Evil. As one reviewer said, this book "will command a wide audience."

Ten Thousand Good Mornings
ISBN: 0887483429

Carnegie Mellon University Press. 2001

A collection of poetry by James Reiss.

The Breathers (The American Poetry)
ISBN: 0912946164

Ecco Press. 1974

Book by Reiss, James


'''''Ten Thousand Good Mornings'''''

Nominated for Pulitzer Prize, 2002 '''''The Breathers'''''

Nominated for National Book Award'''Other Awards:'''

Helen & Laura Krout Memorial Ohioana Poetry Award, 2005

Pushcart Prize, “A Rented House in the Country” (poem), 1996

Poetry Society of America annual Lucille Medwick Award, 1989; annual Consuelo Ford Award, 1974

College English Association of Ohio: Nancy Dasher Book Award for Express, 1984

Big Apple Bicentennial Poetry Award, first prize, New York City, 1977

Discovery Award, The Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, New York, 1974

Two Borestone Mountain Poetry Awards, 1974

Academy of American Poets first prizes, University of Chicago, 1960, 1962

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