Visit the Bertolino poetry archive at the Sayta Center
Read James' poem "Our Orcas Hours" on Verse Daily
James Bertolino’s poetry has received recognition through a Book-of-the-Month Club Poetry Fellowship, the Discovery Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, two Quarterly Review of Literature book publication awards, the Connecticut College Contemporary American Poetry Archive and, in 2007, the Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Prize for Washington State Poets. His 27 poetry collections have been published by 21 presses in nine states, and Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems is his twelfth full volume.
He has taught creative writing at Cornell University, University of Cincinnati, Washington State University, Western Washington University, the North Cascades Institute and, in 2006, retired from a position as Writerin- Residence at Willamette University in Oregon. 2013 is the fifth year he has served as a poetry judge for the American Book Awards, sponsored by the Before Columbus Foundation in Berkeley.
He grew up in Wisconsin, and now lives on five rural acres near Bellingham, Washington with his multi-talented wife Anita K. Boyle, a dog and two cats.
Poem from Ravenous Bliss
me if I keep
builds a new universe
and I need to find