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James Harms

James Harms

Professor of English

MFA, Indiana University

Office: Colson Hall 235
Tel: 304.293.9720
Fax: 304.293.5380
Curriculum Vitae



Creative Writing
Modern and Contemporary American Literature
Poetry in translation

Courses Taught

  • 213: Poetry Workshop
  • 213: Creative Writing: Poetry
  • 313: Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry
  • 418: Creative Writing Capstone
  • 618: Graduate Poetry Workshop
  • Special Topics: American Poetry, New York School of Poetry, Formal Poetry, The Occasional Poem


Awards and Fellowships

  • Three Pushcart Prizes
  • Finalist (for Quarters), Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award,
    Binghamton University, 2001
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
  • PEN/Revson Foundation Fellowship
  • John Ciardi Fellowship, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference
  • West Virginia Commission on the Arts Fellowship
  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship
  • Residency Fellowship, Yaddo
  • Residency Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony

WVU Awards:

Sigma Tau Delta Outstanding Teacher, Department of English, West Virginia University, 2009-2010, 2003-2004.

Caperton Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing, 2009

Outstanding Researcher, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences,
West Virginia University 2004. 1999

Claude Worthington Benedum Distinguished Scholar,
West Virginia University, 2000

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching/
CASE West Virginia Professor of the Year, 1999

WVU Foundation Outstanding Teacher, West Virginia University, 1999

Outstanding Teacher, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences,
West Virgina University, 1998


  • Jim’s Author page on Amazon
  • Cerise Press’s review of After West
  • Jim’s AWP listing
Composition & Rhetoric
Creative Writing
Literary and Cultural Studies
Professional Writing and Editing
the WVU Writing Center

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View More Events

December 6: English 418 Capstone Reading, 5:30 p.m.,130 Colson Hall

March 20: Mary Moore Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 10: Clare Beams Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 20: Calliope Reading, 7:30 p.m., 130 Colson Hall

April 27: MFA Reading, 7:30 p.m., Gold Ballroom, WVU Mountainlair