James Richardson was born January 1, 1950, grew up in Garden City, New York and was educated at Princeton (A.B summa cum laude 1971) and Virginia (Ph.D. 1975). In 1980 he returned to Princeton, where he is now Professor of English & Creative Writing and Acting Director of the Program in Creative Writing.
James Richardson’s main collections are Reservations (1977), Second Guesses (1984), As If (1992), How Things Are (2000), the “cult favorite” Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays (2001), and Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms (2004), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of two critical studies, Thomas Hardy: The Poetry of Necessity (1977) and Vanishing Lives: Tennyson, Rossetti, Swinburne and Yeats (1988).
Recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Robert H. Winner, Cecil Hemley and Emily Dickinson Awards of the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the NEH and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.