David St. John

Expert in modern American poetry

University Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Chair of English Department

USC Dornsife School


  • 20th century poetry
  • modern and contemporary American poetry
  • poetry and the arts (Film; Painting; Dance; and Music)
  • opera libretto
  • popular music of all kinds

Additional Information

  • Author of Hush (1976); The Shore (1980); No Heaven (1985); Terraces of Rain: An Italian Sketchbook (1991); Study for the World’s Body: New & Selected Poems (1994); The Red Leaves of Night (1999); and In the Pines: Lost Poems 1972-1997 (1999) — as well as Where the Angels Come Toward Us: Selected Essays, Reviews and Interviews (1995
  • Past judge in Poetry for the National Book Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.


  • French
  • Italian

Related links

Related faculty