Reiss, James 1941-

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Reiss, James 1941-


Surname is pronounced "Reece"; born July 11, 1941, in New York, NY; son of Joseph and Cecile Reiss; married Barbara Eve Klevs (a poet and book reviewer), June 21, 1964 (divorced, 1995); children: Heather Eve, Crystal Jo. Education: University of Chicago, B.A., 1963, M.A., 1964.


Miami University, Oxford, OH, instructor, 1965-69, assistant professor, 1969-73, associate professor, 1973-81, professor of English, 1981-2007, professor emeritus, 2007—. Miami University Press, editor in chief, 1992-2003. Queens College of the City University of New York, visiting poet, 1975-76.


Poetry Society of America, Academy of American Poets.


First prizes, Academy of American Poets, University of Chicago, 1960, 1962; Discovery Award, Poetry Center, Young Men's Hebrew Association, 1974; fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1974-75; grant, Creative Artists Public Service, 1975-76; Big Apple Poetry Award, 1977; fellow, Ohio Arts Council, 1980, 1982; Nancy Dasher Book Award, College English Association of Ohio, 1983-84, for Express; fellow, New York Foundation for the Arts, 1987-88; Pulitzer Prize nomination, 2002, for Ten Thousand Good Mornings; Helen and Laura Krout Memorial Award, Ohioana Library Association, 2005.


(Editor and author of introduction) Twelve at Miami University, Miami University (Oxford, OH), 1969.

(Editor, with Barbara Reiss) James Dickey, Self-Interviews, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1970.

The Breathers (poetry), Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1974.

Express (poetry), University of Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, PA), 1983.

The Parable of Fire (poetry), Carnegie Mellon University Press (Pittsburgh, PA), 1996.

Ten Thousand Good Mornings (poetry), Carnegie Mellon University Press (Pittsburgh, PA), 2001.

Riff on Six (poetry), Salt Publishing St. Paul, MO), 2003.

Greatest Hits, 1970-2005 (poetry), Pudding House Press (Johnstown, OH), 2005.

Contributor of poetry and criticism to numerous anthologies and textbooks. Regular reviewer, Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH, 1971-74. Contributor of poetry and reviews to periodicals and Internet Web sites, including Atlantic Monthly, New Yorker, American Book Review, Hudson Review, Nation, New Republic, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Paris Review.



Publishers Weekly, December 17, 1982, review of Express, p. 70; February 26, 1996, review of The Parable of Fire, p. 103.


Salt Publishing: Contemporary Writers at Salt—Discover a World of New Literature, (August 23, 2007).