Brasfield, James 1952-

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Brasfield, James 1952-


Born January 19, 1952, in Savannah, GA; son of Williamson Glover, Jr. and Marion Brasfield; married Charlotte Holmes, 1983; children: Williamson Stanhope. Education: Armstrong State College (now Armstrong-Atlantic State University), B.A., 1975; Columbia University, M.F.A., 1979.


Home—State College, PA. Office—Department of English, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802.


True Citizen, Waynesboro, GA, sports editor, news reporter, feature writer, and photographer, 1976-77; Paris Review, New York, NY, editorial assistant for poetry, 1981-82; Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, visiting assistant professor of English, 1984-87; Pennsylvania State University, University Park, senior lecturer in English, 1987—. Senior Fulbright professor, University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, 1993-94, and Yuri Fedkovych State University of Chernivtsi, 1999.


PEN American Center, Poetry Society of America, Associated Writing Programs.


American Association for Ukrainian Studies Translation Prize, 1999, and award for poetry in translation, PEN, 2000, both for The SelectedPoems of Oleh Lysheha; Pushcart Prize, 2000, for translation of "Swan" by Lysheha; fellow of National Endowment for the Arts, 2001-2002, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, 2004.


Inheritance and Other Poems (chapbook), Armstrong (Savannah, GA), 1983.

(Translator from Ukrainian, with Oleh Lysheha), The Selected Poems of Oleh Lysheha, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 1999.

Author of "Shores" (one-act verse play), produced by Outlaw Playwrights Group, Pennsylvania State University, published in Sou'wester, spring, 1999. Contributor to books, including From Three Worlds: New Writing from Ukraine,, edited by Ed Hogan, Zephyr (Somerville, MA), 1996; A Hundred Years of Youth: A Bilingual Anthology of 20th Century Ukrainian Poetry, edited by Olha Luchyk and Michael M. Naydon, Litopys Press (Lviv, Ukraine), 2000; Imported Breads: Literature of Cultural Exchange, edited by Phillip Sterling, Mammoth Books (DuBois, PA), 2003; and Poetry Daily: 366 Poems from the World's Most Popular Poetry Website, Sourcebooks (Naperville, IL), 2003. Contributor of poetry and translations to periodicals, including Prairie Schooner, Southern Humanities Review, Christian Science Monitor, Black Warrior Review, Chicago Review, Quarterly West, Seattle Review, Agni, Crazyhorse, and Iowa Review.



Publishers Weekly, February 21, 2000, "February Translations," p. 85.