James Arthur was born in Connecticut and grew up in Toronto, Canada. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Poetry, The New Republic, and The American Poetry Review. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Stegner Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, and a residency at the Amy Clampitt House. His first book, Charms Against Lightning, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012. James is an Assistant Professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and son.