James Scully

James Scully

About James Scully

James Scully (1937 - 2020) was an American poet and social activist. He is the author of 11 books of poetry including Santiago Poems (1975), May Day (1980), Apollo Helmet (1983), and Raging Beauty (1994). He also published four book-length translations include Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound (1975); the seminal essay collection Line Break: Poetry as Social Practice (Curbstone Press/Northwestern University Press, 1988/2005); and Vagabond Flags: Journal, Scrapbook & Notes (Azul Editions, 2009). The founding editor of the Art on the Line series (Curbstone Press, 1981-1986), he has been a key figure in the movement to radicalize the theory and practice of American poetry—in how it is lived, as well as in how it is written.
His awards include a National Defense Fellowship 1959-1962; an Ingram Merrill Foundation Fellowship (Rome, Italy 1962-63); the Lamont Poetry Award 1967 for The Marches; the Jenny Taine Memorial Award 1971 for translation; a Guggenheim Fellowship (Santiago, Chile 1973-74); National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships 1976-77 and 1990; the Islands & Continents Translation Award 1980; and the Bookbuilders of Boston Award 1983 for book cover design. He was a Professor Emeritus of the University of Connecticut and died in San Francisco in 12 November 2020.

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