John Poch has taught in the creative writing program at Texas Tech University since 2001. He also serves as series editor for the Vassar Miller Poetry Prize at the University of North Texas. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, he earned an M.F.A. from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. He received a "Discovery"/The Nation Prize in 1998, he was the inaugural Colgate University Creative Writing Fellow in 2000, and he was the Thornton Writer-in-Residence at Lynchburg College in 2007. During 2014 he was a Fulbright Core Scholar to the University of Barcelona.
His collections of poetry include Poems (2004), a finalist for the PEN/Osterweil Prize; Two Men Fighting with a Knife (2008), winner of the Donald Justice Award; Dolls (2009); and Fix Quiet (2015), winner of the 2014 New Criterion Poetry Prize.
His poems have appeared in journals such as Agni, The Nation, New England Review, New Republic, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Southwest Review and Yale Review. He is a founding editor of 32 Poems Magazine and a co-editor (with Deborah Ager and Bill Beverly) of Old Flame: From the First 10 Years of 32 Poems Magazine (2013).
John Poch Online
Watch the video featuring John's poem "God in the Shape of Texas" (produced by KTTZ-TV).
Listen to John at From the Fishouse: An Audio Archive of Emerging Poets.
Read the author feature about John at Image Journal.
Read more poems by John at the Poetry Foundation.
Books by John Poch
Edited Collections of Poetry
Old Flame: From the First 10 Years of 32 Poems Magazine (WordFarm, 2013)
Hockey Haiku: The Essential Collection (with Chad Davidson, St. Martin's Press, 2006)