James Richardson's most recent collection of poems and aphorisms, During (2016), was awarded the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola prize. His other books include By the Numbers, which was a National Book Award finalist and a Publishers Weekly "Best Book of 2010"; Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten Second Essays; How Things Are; As If; Second Guesses; Reservations, and two critical studies, Thomas Hardy: The Poetry of Necessity and Vanishing Lives: Tennyson, D. G. Rossetti, Swinburne and Yeats.
He is the recipient of the Jackson Poetry Prize, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Robert H. Winner, Cecil Hemley, and Emily Dickinson Awards of the Poetry Society of America, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has recent poems and aphorisms in The New Yorker, The Nation, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Narrative, American Poetry Review, Great American Prose Poems: Poe to the Present, Geary’s Guide to the World's Great Aphorists, and several editions of The Best American Poetry and the Pushcart Prize anthology.
Richardson graduated from Princeton in 1971 and joined the Creative Writing faculty in 1980. He teaches beginning and advanced poetry workshops, as well as "Life is Short, Art is Really Short" and "All the Moves: Prosody."