Bio

John R. Campbell - Writer, Musician, Artist

John R. Campbell's essays and poems have appeared in many literary journals, including Poetry, The Georgia Review, Threepenny Review, Sewanee Review, The North American Review, and Poetry East. His book of environmental meditations, Absence and Light, is available from the University of Nevada Press. He has won awards from Poets and Writers, the Utah Arts Council, the Fulbright Program, and others. He is also an improvising musician, exploring and extending jazz and roots-music forms in a landscape context. His music is available at https://johnrcampbell1.bandcamp.com

Curriculum vitae

 

                  John R. Campbell                                   

                  campjohn@oregonstate.edu

 

Teaching

Oregon State University Honors College     September, 2017--present

Western Oregon University     January, 2008--June, 2016

Fulbright Teaching Fellow/Professor, University of Lisbon, Portugal, September 2014--January, 2015

University of Utah   August, 1998--May, 2007

Oregon State University    March, 1989--June, 1993

Courses taught:

• Cultural Foundations in Nature, Ecology, and Environmentalism (ENGL 5920)

• Imaging the American West (American Studies)

• Honors Seminar in Environmental Cultural Criticism (WR407H)

• Environmental Writing (WR 362)

• College Writing II (WR 135)

• Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop (ENGL 5530)

• Nonfiction Environmental Writing (WRTG 4080/6080)

• Honors Intellectual Traditions (Nature/Culture) (HON 2102)

• Writing in Honors (HON 2211)

• Studies in Environmental Literature (ENGL 2080)

• Individual Graduate Student Supervision, Environmental Literature (ENGL 5020)

• Nature Writing (ENGL 2070)

• Advanced Expository Writing (ENGL 3610)

• Creative Writing, Poetry (WR 241)

• Creative Writing, Fiction (WR 224)

• American Dreams: Twentieth Century Studies (TCS 201)

• Intellectual Traditions of the West, Renaissance to Present (HUM 1020)

• Composition (WR 121)

• Research Composition (WR 222)

• Academic Writing and Research (WRTG 2010)

• Writing in a Research University (WRTG 3200)

Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon,

September, 1987--June, 1988. Courses in Creative Writing, poetry.

 

Education

MFA (terminal), Creative Writing, University of Oregon, 1988

Teaching Certificate, English Education, University of California at Davis, 1984

BA, English, Northern Illinois University, 1981

 

Selected Publications

Novel:  Mountains Drawn By Memory  (Ephemera West Books, 2013)

Essay Collection (creative nonfiction): Absence and Light: Meditations from the Klamath Marshes (University of Nevada Press, 2002)

 

Poems and Essays:

Flyway: Journal of Writing and the Environment (Iowa State University) "Stories Moving Through" April, 2016

Forest Under Story: A Decade of Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest (University of Washington Press) “Scope: Ten Small Essays” March 2016

Wild in the Willamette (Oregon State University Press) "Vision Begins: On Dixon Creek" November, 2015

Anglo Saxonica (University of Lisbon, Portugal) “Hiking the Canyon Country: Towards an Epistemology of Nature” September, 2015

Forma De Vida (University of Lisbon, Portugal) “Stratified Poem” Programa Em Teoria Da Literatura, June, 2015

Natural in Verso (University of Lisbon, Portugal) “Sweat and Grit in My Actual Eyes” Centro de Estudos Anglísticos, April, 2015

Terrain: A Journal of the Natural and Built Environments “At the Mall” October, 2012

Basalt (Eastern Oregon University)“Ancestry: An Account” and “Blues: Call and Response”  August,  2012

Oregon Quarterly “The Song in Front of You” May, 2011

Shaking Like A Mountain: Literature About Contemporary Music  “1958” October, 2010, reprinted in Shaking Intensified: Best Prose 2007-2010

Terrain: A Journal of the Natural and Built Environments “Scope” October, 2010

Oregon Humanities “Goat” Summer, 2009

Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing  "Prometheus at Yellowstone" Winter, 2008

The Threepenny Review   “Elements of the Blues” Fall, 2000

The Georgia Review  "A Secret Iridescence" Summer, 1997

The North American Review   “Absence and Light" January/February, 1997

Hard Love: Writings on Violence and Intimacy   "Domestic Waters"; "Vulnerability and Love”, Queen of Swords Press, Eugene , Oregon  1997

Sewanee Review (The University of the South)"The Aesthetics of the Hunt" “The Landscape Painter";"Style” December, 1997

Poetry (Chicago) “Pastoral"; “Pornography" February, 1993

Northwest Review  "On a Poetics of Privacy" September, 1993

Seattle Review  (University of Washington) “Elegy for My Mother" November, 1992

Northwest Review  (University of Oregon) “Delusion"; “Notes Toward a Wild Domesticity"; “John O' The Woods"; “Misreading Anna Akhmatova", June, 1992

Poetry East  (DePaul University) “Sulphur"; “Prince Charles Lectures the Public on Architectural Character" June, 1992

Northwest Review  (University of Oregon) “The Poetic Moment"; “Learning to Ski";

“A Speech to the Calm and Formal" 1991

Three Rivers Poetry Journal  (Carnegie Mellon University) “Geese"; “Forgiveness" 1990

 

Selected Presentations, Readings, & Activities

 

Forest Under Story: A Decade of Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest (University of Washington Press) book launch reading, Corvallis, Oregon, March 2016

Wild in The Willamette (Oregon State University Press) book launch reading, Corvallis, Oregon, November, 2015

Writing Workshop “Working and Writing the Woods” conducted at The Cabin at Shotpouch Creek for the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, Dept. of Philosophy, Oregon State University October 2015

Poetry reading: Centro de Estudos Anglísticos, University of Lisbon, December 2014

Poetry reading: Programa Em Teoria Da Literatura, University of Lisbon, November 2014

Poetry Readings with improvised music: The Waypost, Portland, Oregon; Calapooia Brewing, Alabany, Oregon; Imagine Coffee, Corvallis, Oregon; The Creative Music Guild Outset New Music Series, Portland, Oregon. 2013--2014.

Poetry Reading at Literary Arts, Portland, Oregon, September, 2012

Poetry featured in Avian Art, literary and visual art exhibit, Hamersly Library,

Western Oregon University, Spring 2011

Reading: “Scope” with original projected images, Corvallis Arts Center,

Between the Cracks series, Oregon State University School of Music, Fall, 2010

Course development: Environmental Cultural Criticism, for Western Oregon University Honors Program, Spring Term, 2010

Course development: Environmental Writing, for Western Oregon University, Fall Term, 2008

Presentation, Dead West. Associated Writing Program Conference, Austin, Texas, March, 2006

Member, Steering Committee, Environmental Humanities Masters of Arts Program, University of Utah, appointed by the Dean of the College of Humanities, August, 2004 to August, 2005

 Guest lecturer, Environmental Studies Program, ENVST 2100, University of Utah, September 2004; January 2005; October, 2005

Paper, “Absence and Light” accepted for presentation Association for the Study of Literature and Environment conference, University of Oregon, June, 2005

“A Survey of Eden: Here It Is” The Landscape and Environment Panel for Memory, Material, and Meaning: The Conference of the Western Humanities Alliance, University of Utah, October, 2003

Paper: “The Aesthetics of Environmental Restoration” Featured Speaker, at the Conference of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts, Redmond, Oregon, November 2002

Reading and panel discussion on environmental issues at The Great Basin Book Festival, Reno, Nevada, sponsored by the Nevada Humanities Committee, September, 2002

Reading at The Great Salt Lake Book Festival, in celebration of The International Year of the Mountains, sponsored by the Utah Humanities Council, September, 2002

“Visual Idealism in the American West” presented at The North American Interdisciplinary Conference on Environment and Community, Weber State University, March 2002

Earth Day Reading, with Terry Tempest Williams, Student Union, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, April, 2002

Reading of “Absence and Light” at the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, January, 2002

Reading, “Absence and Light” at Powell's Books, Portland, Oregon, September, 1998

Writers Exchange Reading, sponsored by Poets and Writers and The Poetry Society of America, National Arts Club, New York, New York, October 1997

Literary Readings: Windfall Reading Series, Lane Literary Guild, Eugene, Oregon, January 1997, February, 1995

Poem "River Questions" reprinted in Let Us Drink to the River: An Anthology of River Poems, The Willamette River Education Project, Corvallis, Oregon, 1997; also reprinted in Willamette River Basin Task Force Recommendations to Governor John Kitzhaber, December, 1997

One of thirty-six writers nationwide chosen for the first Art of the Wild program, Squaw Valley, California, August, 1992

Paper presentation: “The Kalmiopsis Wilderness and the Issue of Extension" Western Literature Association Conference, Eugene, Oregon, 1989

Awards, Fellowships, Service

Fulbright Teaching Award, University of Lisbon, Portugal. Graduate Seminar in Cultural Foundations in Nature, Ecology, and Environmentalism. Fall, 2014.

Andrews Forest Writer In Residence, Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, Dept. of Philosophy, Oregon State University, Spring 2010

First Place, Utah Original Writing Competition, Utah Arts Council, Poetry, 2004

First Place, Utah Original Writing Competition, Utah Arts Council, Nonfiction, 2002

Individual Artist Grant, Utah Arts Council/National Endowment for the Arts, 2001, Creative Nonfiction.

Chosen, by Poets and Writers, as the poetry winner for the 1997 Writers Exchange. 

Reading at the National Arts Club, New York City.

Member, of the University of Oregon Humanities Center Board of Visitors, 1993--1997.

Coordinated the Oregon Humanities Center Reading Series, which featured an array of accomplished writers, 1993--1995.

Selected by Galway Kinnell to participate in the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Poetry Program, July, 1991.

Summer Research Fellowship at the Oregon Humanities Center, 1990, University of  Oregon.

 

Lectures: University of Utah School of Medicine

(All presented for the University of Utah School of Medicine, Division of Medical Ethics, Salt Lake City, Utah)

 “Idleness and Old Age: The Late Poems of Po Chu-I” November 2003

 “The Wisdom of Illness: The Poetry of Floyd Skloot”April, 2003

 “Brain Imaging and the Mind/Body Split” March, 2003

 “Basho’s Death Journey: The Narrow Road to the Deep North” February, 2003

 “On Suffering: Chuang Tzu and The Book of Job” April, 2002

 “Inhabiting the Physical as a Form of Praise: The Poetry of Denise Levertov” March, 2002

 “Anna Swir’s Talking To My Body ” January, 2001

 Editing

Assistant Poetry Editor, Northwest Review, 1986—1989

 Co-Editor, Crowdancing, 1983--1989.  Small press magazine specializing in nature themes.