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American poet, anthologist, and educator. Jim Weaver Barnes was born in 1933 and grew up on a ranch in Summerfield, Oklahoma. He graduated from high school and then lived and worked in Oregon for almost a decade, including lumberjacking from 1954 to 1959. Returning to Oklahoma, he received his B.A. from Southeastern State College in Durant (now Southeastern Oklahoma State University) in 1964. He then obtained an M.A. (1965) and a Ph.D. (1970) from the University of Arkansas. From 1970 to 2003, he taught at Truman State where he was a Professor of Comparative Literature and Writer-in-Residence. Before retiring to Santa Fe in 2006, he was a Professor of English at Brigham Young University. While Barnes is of Choctaw and Welsh ancestry, he prefers not to be labeled a Native American poet although he would be the last to deny his Native American heritage has not strongly influenced much of his work. Barnes has published over 500 poems in more than 100 journals, including The Chicago Review, The American Scholar, Prairie Schooner and the Georgia Review. He has also written 9 books of poetry, edited or co-edited over 40 anthologies, 2 textbooks, an autobiography, On Native Ground: Memoirs and Impressions (1987), and a book of criticism, Fiction of Malcolm Lowry and Thomas Mann: Structural Tradition (1990). He also has translated two books of poetry from the German. His latest book of poetry is Visiting Picasso, published in 2006. Barnes is the founding editor of the Chariton Review Press, editor of The Chariton Review, and a contributing editor to the Pushcart Prize. In addition, he has given readings of his work at many campuses both in the U. S. and Europe. His awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship (1978), the Columbia University Translation Award (1980), an American Book Award for On Native Ground, the St. Louis Poetry Center's Stanley Hanks Memorial Poetry Award (1989), two Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Fellowships (1990, 2003), a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence for the University of Maryland Far East Division (1992), the Oklahoma Book Award for The Sawdust War (1993), and a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to Switzerland in 1993-94. He has also been the Featured Poet at the Paris Writers Workshop and at the 13th Franco-Anglais Poetry Translation Festival, has held two Carmargo Foundation Fellowships in Cassis, France and been the U.S. Representative at the Prague Writer's Festival.

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