James Ballowe

James Ballowe

Poet and Engagement Advisor

James Ballowe is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Bradley University. Since retiring from university teaching and administration, Jim has written a biography of Joy Morton and a monograph history of The Morton Arboretum. For many years he taught natural history writing and environmental ethics at the Morton Arboretum.

Jim has also edited an historical anthology titled Christmas in Illinois and served as the assistant editor for poetry for City Creatures. Jim is a founding editor of the literary magazine Fifth Wednesday Journal for which he conducts interviews with featured poets. Since publishing a collection of the philosopher George Santayana’s essays in 1967, he has received several awards for his poetry, essays, and books. He is currently working on a book of his poetry and a book of his essays about the State of Illinois.

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