Area(s) of Specialization:
American literature (Southern literature), Creative writing (Fiction and poetry)
John Blair's collection of short stories American Standard was the 22nd winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, the nation's most prestigious award for a book of short stories, and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. His third poetry collection, Playful Song Called Beautiful is the 2015 winner of the Iowa Poetry Award & will be published in the Spring of 2016 by the University of Iowa Press. He has two other books of poetry, The Green Girls (LSU Press/Pleiades Press, winner of the Lena Miles Wever Todd Prize) and The Occasions of Paradise (University of Tampa Press, winner of the Tampa Review Poetry Prize). He has also won several other literary prizes, including Sewanee Review’s Andrew Lytle Prize for Fiction, the Texas Institute of Letters’ Helen C. Smith Award for Poetry, the Phoebe Winter Fiction Prize, the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry, & he was nominated for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. His fiction, poetry and criticism have appeared in more than seventy journals and magazines, including Shenandoah, The Antioch Review, The Sewanee Review, Poetry, Southern Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, Southern Humanities Review, American Literature, and Studies in the Novel. He is the author of two novels, both published by Ballantine Books, A Landscape of Darkness and Bright Angel.
John is a professor in the Department of English at Texas State University and is director of the undergraduate creative writing program.