James Reiss's latest full-length book is Riff on Six: New and Selected Poems (Salt Publishing, 2003). His work has appeared in such places as The Atlantic, Esquire, The Hudson Review, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Poetry, Slate, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, plus anthologies, textbooks, and Web sites.
His first poetry collection, The Breathers (Ecco Press, 1974), was nominated for the National Book Award. His fourth book of poems, Ten Thousand Good Mornings (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2001), was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
He received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, along with awards from the Academy of American Poets, the College English Association of Ohio, the Ohioana Library Association, the Poetry Society of America, the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York, and the Pushcart Press.
He won 2007, 2008 and 2009 Zeitfunk awards from the Public Radio Exchange for his reviews of independent radio productions. He is Emeritus Professor of English and Founding Editor of Miami University Press at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He lives in the Chicago area.