Jonathan Skinner was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM, and has worked jobs and paid rent in Paris, London, New York, Philadelphia and Buffalo. His poetry collections include With Naked Foot (Little Scratch Pad, 2008) and Political Cactus Poems (Palm Press, 2005). Birds of Tifft is forthcoming from BlazeVox in 2010.
Skinner’s poetry, criticism and translations have appeared in Angelaki, Antennae, boundary2, Crayon, duration press, Fascicle, The Gig, Hot Whiskey, how2, Jacket, Jubilat, La Main de Singe, LBJ (Literary Bird Journal), onedit, Qui Parle, Rampike and Slope, amongst others. He has also contributed chapters to academic volumes on Lorine Niedecker and Ronald Johnson, and published an essay on the poetics and biogeography of vacant lots in the )((ECO(LANG)(UAGE(READER)) (ed. Brenda Iijima), Portable Press at Yo-yo Labs and Nightboat Books, 2010). Skinner founded and edits the journal ecopoetics, which features creative-critical intersections between writing and ecology. He teaches in the Environmental Studies Program at Bates College in Central Maine, where, with the artist Isabelle Pelissier, he makes his home.