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John T. Casteen IV

Associate Professor, General Faculty, Writing and Rhetoric Program; Director of Studies, Brown College

Monroe Hill Range 100

Office Hours: Monday 9:30-11:30 and Tuesday 10:00-12:00.
Class Schedule: MoWe 3:30PM - 4:45PM

Courses Taught

ENWR 1510, Ideas of Home
ENWR 1510, The Writer as Public Intellectual
INST 2570, Brown College Interdisciplinary Seminar
ENLT2555, The Contemporary Essay
ENWR 3900, The Forbes Seminar


MFA-- Poetry, Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1996
BA, University of Virginia, 1993


  • The Art of the Possible, Work in Progress
  • Rhythm and Blues, National Poetry Series Finalist, 2019
  • For the Mountain Laurel, University of Georgia Press, 2011
  • Free Union, University of Georgia Press, 2009


Anthology Inclusions

  • Monticello in Mind: 50 Contemporary Poets on Jefferson, ed. Lisa Russ Spaar, University of Virginia Press, 2016
  • Literature and its Writers, ed. Ann Charters, St. Martin's, 2012
  • The Rumpus Poetry Anthology, ed. Brian Spears, 2012
  • The Best American Poetry 2008, ed. Charles Wright, Scribner, 2009


Selected Recent Poems

  • “Soroche,” “Incomplete Stranger,” The Southern Review, Autumn 2020
  • “Blind Spot,” Kenyon Review Online special issue on Literary Activism, Fall 2019
  • "Poem," The Southern Review, Winter 2019.
  • “At Forty,” “Dining Alone,” “On the Set of My Life as a Variety Show,” The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Fall 2018
  • "The Punchline," Virginia Quarterly Review, Winter 2017
  • “Boxing Day,” “Echt,” “Kingfisher,” The Southern Review, Autumn 2017
  • "Sex Among Equals," Fence, Winter 2016
  • "Rhythm and Blues," The Southern Review, Spring 2015
  • "Passage," Shenandoah, August 2012
  • "Nocturne: Redaction," The Paris Review, Summer 2009


Selected Recent Essays, Reviews, & Interdisciplinary Projects

  • “Lived Experience: The Lyric First Person in Three Recent Poetry Collections,” VQR, Fall 2020
  • "Memory / Viajar," essay-film in progress
  • "The Imaginary City," Field Notes, Spring 2015
  • "Surfacing," Offline, January 2014
  • "Midfield," The Morning News, May 2013
  • "So History Begins With Us," VQR, Fall 2013
  • "On Denis Johnson's 'The Incognito Lounge,'" Voltage Poetry, April 2013


Honors & Awards

  • Visiting Artist Faculty in Residence, New York University, 2009-2020
  • Mednick Fellowship, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, 2014
  • Nominated for Pushcart Prize 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019
  • Sweet Briar College Faculty Fellowship, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, 2013


Recent Presentations

  • Havana International Poetry Festival, Havana, Cuba, June 2018
  • Roundtable on Leontia Flynn’s The Radio, American Conference for Irish Studies, Cork, Ireland, June 2018
  • Lead Panelist, "Honoring Charles Wright at 80," 2015 AWP Conference, Minneapolis, Mn.
  • Furious Flower Poetry Conference, James Madison University, 2014
  • Sweet Briar College & James Madison University Creative Writing Conference Presentations, 2009-2016