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Jon Thompson


Department of English

Tompkins Hall 241

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Jon Thompson is a Professor Emeritus of English at North Carolina State University where he frequently taught courses in twentieth-century/contemporary American and British literature. He maintains a particular interest in contemporary poetry and poetics. He did his Ph.D. at LSU and then came as an Assistant Professor to the English Department at NCSU. Before the Ph.D., he took a B.A. and an M.A. at University College, Dublin (his Master’s thesis was on the problem of communication in Robert Creeley’s poetry).

His current work comes out of his career as a poet, critic and editor. He is the founding editor of the international online journal Free Verse: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry & Poetics, launched in 2001 and also the editor of the single-author poetry series, Free Verse Editions, launched in 2005. His newest project is editing Illuminations: A Series on American Poetics:


Free Verse Editions can be found here.

I am the editor of the poetry series Free Verse Editions:

I also edit Illuminations: A Series on American Poetics:

More on me can be found at my website:

Research Publications


Notebook of Last Things (Shearsman Books, 2019)

Strange Country (Shearsman Books, 2016)

* Landscape with Light (Shearsman Books, 2014)

After Paradise: Essays on the Fate of American Writing (Shearsman Books, 2009)

*The Book of the Floating World (Expanded edition, Parlor Press, 2007)

*Fiction, Crime and Empire (University of Illinois Press 1993)

Individual poems published widely in journals such as Colorado Review, Witness, Conjunctions online, Carolina Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Quarterly West, Third Coast, Horizon Review, Vallum Magazine, Shearsman Magazine, New Ohio Review, 1913: A Journal of Forms, Cutbank, Cue, Fascicle and elsewhere.


Essays in journals such as Identity Theory, Massachusetts Review, Genre, Literature and History and Works and Days

Introduction to D.H. Lawrence’s Studies in Classic American Literature (Shearsman, 2011)


B.A. (Hons) English Language and Literature University College, Dublin

M.A. (Hons) American Literature University College, Dublin

Ph.D. Twentieth-century American/British Literature Louisiana State University

Area(s) of Expertise

Poetry, The lyric essay, Authorship, The fate of American writing, Modernism/postmodernism, Literary responses to violence, Poetry and the visual arts, Editing poetry in print and online environments