James Byrne is a poet, editor and translator. His most recent poetry collections are Everything Broken Up Dances (Tupelo, U.S., 2015) and White Coins (Arc Publications, U.K, 2015). Blood/Sugar was published in 2009. Soapbox, a pamphlet of political satires and Myths of the Savage Tribe (a co-authored text with Sandeep Parmar) were both published in 2014.
Byrne received an MFA in Poetry from New York University, where he was given a Stein Fellowship (‘Extraordinary International Scholar’). He was the Poet in Residence at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.
Byrne is the editor of The Wolf, which he co-founded in 2002. In 2012, with ko ko thett, he co-translated and co-edited Bones Will Crow, the first anthology of contemporary Burmese poetry to be published in English (Arc, 2012, Northern Illinois University Press, 2013). He is the co-editor of Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century, published by Bloodaxe in 2009, and he edited The Wolf: A Decade in 2012. He is the International Editor for Arc Publications and his poems have been translated into several languages including Arabic, Burmese and Chinese. He has given poetry readings across the world, at festivals in Burma, England, Libya, Syria and the United States and now lives near Liverpool where he is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University.
Of Everything Broken Up Dances the American poet and translator Forrest Gander has written that it is ‘like gulping firewater shots of the world’: The poet John Kinsella wrote: ‘James Byrne is a phenomenon and Blood/Sugar is astonishing…He is a complete original.’
Epitaphs for a New Century – Issue 1