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James Brasfield

James Brasfield

Senior Lecturer

Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry, The University of Memphis

Senior Fulbright Professor of American Studies and Translation, Yuri Fedkovych National University of Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Senior Fulbright Professor of American Literature, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine

Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Western Carolina University

Room 141 Ritenour Building

Mailroom: 136 Ritenour Building

University Park , PA 16802

Office Hours:

  • Tuesdays: 11:30-1:00
  • Thursdays: 11:30-1:00
  • and by appointment


  1. MFA, Creative Writing-Poetry, Columbia University
  2. BA, English, Armstrong State University

Professional Bio

Ledger of Crossroads (poems), Louisiana State University Press

The Selected Poems of Oleh Lysheha (translation), Harvard University Press

Literature-Poetry Fellowship, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry, The National Endowment for the Arts

The PEN Award for Poetry in Translation

The American Association for Ukrainian Studies Prize for Translation

Pushcart Prize



Areas of Specialization

Creative Writing