University of Iowa

James McKean

James McKean (M.F.A., The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop; Ph.D., The University of Iowa) writes nonfiction and poetry. His poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, and Poetry Northwest among others, and have been featured in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. His nonfiction has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Gray’s Sporting Journal, The Gettysburg Review, and The Iowa Review, and his essays have been reprinted in The Best American Sports Writing 2003 and the 2006 Pushcart Prize anthology. He has published three books of poems, Headlong (1987), Tree of Heaven (1995) and We Are the Bus (2011), and a book of essays, Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports (2005). A new collection of essays, Bound, is forthcoming this year from Truman State University Press. A Professor Emeritus at Mount Mercy University, he still teaches for the Queens University low-residency M.F.A. program, the Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop and, most recently, as a visiting professor in The University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program.

Instructor Events

Weeklong June 24 to June 29 2018

In his The Art of Time in Memoir, Sven Birkerts writes, “The manipulation of the double vantage point is the memoirist’s single most powerful and adaptable technique.” Our workshop will emphasize the “then” and “now” of this double vantage point, focusing on how writing a memoir begins with a compilation of many pieces—research material or anecdotes or stepping-stones or moments held in memory.