David St. John

Professor of English

Contact Information
E-mail: dstjohn@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 821-0477
Office: THH 431

Curriculum Vitae


  •  B.A. English (Creative Writing), California State University, Fresno
  •  M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Iowa

Description of Research

Professor St. John studies poetry writing and contemporary literature. His most recent literary works include The Prism, The Red Leaves of Night and In the Pines: Lost Poems.He is also a scholar of cinema and teaches Cinema and Poetry course. Professor St. John also teaches Writer & Composer, a course which allows collaboration between graduate level poets and composers.




  • The Auroras: New Poems (Harper Perennial, 2012)
  • The Face: A Novella in Verse (HarperCollins, 2004)
  • Prism (Arctos, 2002)
  • The Red Leaves of Night(HarperCollins, 1999)
  • In the Pines: Lost Poems 1972-1997 ( White Pine Press, 1999)
  • Study for the World’s Body: New and Selected Poems (Harper Perennial, 1994)
  • Terraces of Rain: An Italian Sketchbook (Recursos De Santa Fe, 1991)
  • No Heaven (Houghton Mifflin 1985)
  • The Shore (Houghton Mifflin, 1980)
  • Hush (Johns Hopkins, 1976)


  • Editor, Where the Angels Come Toward Us: Selected Essays, Reviews & Interviews (White Pine Press, 1995)


Honors and Awards

  • The George Drury Smith Award, LIfetime Achievement Awarded by The Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Foundation, 2010-2011
  • Endowed Chair, The Elliston Chair in Poetry, University of Cincinnati, Spring 2007
  • Endowed Professorship, Hurst Professor in Creative Writing: Washington University, Spring 2005
  • Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, O. B. Hardison Prize in Poetry, The Folger Shakespeare Library, 2001
  • Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Academy Award in Poetry, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2000
  • Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient in Poetry, 1994
  • NEA Fellowship, 1994
  • American Academy at Rome, The Prix de Rome Prize Fellowship, 1984-1985
  • NEA Fellowship, 1984
  • NEA Fellowship, 1976
  • Janalynn Bliss, Creative Writing Graduate Coordinator
  • University of Southern California
  • Department of English
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway, THH 431
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354