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Mr. James SHEA

Assistant Professor

Office: RRS625

Tel: 3411 5898

Email: james2shea@hkbu.edu.hk

James Shea received an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in philosophy and English from Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of Star in the Eye (Fence Books, 2008), the chapbook Air and Water Show (Convulsive Editions, 2013), and The Lost Novel (forthcoming from Fence Books in 2014). His poems have appeared in various publications, including Boston Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, jubilat, The Iowa Review, and The New Census: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. Currently a Fulbright Scholar at HKBU, he has taught at Nebraska Wesleyan University, the University of Chicago’s Committee on Creative Writing, Columbia College Chicago’s MFA Program in Poetry, DePaul University, and as a poet-in-residence in the Chicago public schools, where he received The Poetry Center of Chicago’s Gwendolyn Brooks Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Teaching Areas: Poetry writing; modern and contemporary American poetry; poetics; early modern Japanese literature; literary translation; new media.

Forthcoming, 2014, “Creative Writing Pedagogy in Hong Kong: A Cross-Cultural Exploration,” General Research Fund (GRF) application.

Fall 2014 (Forthcoming), The Lost Novel. Fence Books. Collection of poetry.


Winter 2014, “Premium Ice Cream” and “Supervenience,” Bat City Review 10. 44-46.


2013, “Around the Wind,” “Haiku,” and “Unperfectable.” The New Census: 40 American Poets. Rescue Press. 268-272.


2013, “Sun Can’t Set” and “Dark Passage,” jubilat 23. 89-90.


2013, “Poem,” “Interior, SD,” and “Moscow,” Court Green 10. 18-21.


December 2012, “Multiple Choices,” The Iowa Review Vol. 42:3. 110-120.


2012, “Rain’s Misstep,” “The Ever-Breaking Mirror,” “Acts of Fire,” and “The Lost Novel,” Denver Quarterly 46:3. 100-104. 


2008, Star in the Eye. Fence Books. Collection of poetry.

2013-2014, Fulbright Scholar Grant, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong


2012-2013, Nebraska Wesleyan University’s White Endowment Grant for Internationalization


2001-2003, Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT) Research Fellowship, Utsunomiya University, Japan