James Armstrong is the author of two poetry books, Monument in a Summer Hat (New Issues Press, 1999) and Blue Lash (Milkweed Editions, 2006) and is the co-author of a book of essays, Nature, Culture and Two Friends Talking (North Star Press 2015). He has contributed to the poetry collections Rewilding: Poems for the Environment (Flexible Press, 2020) and Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice (Michigan State University Press, 2019). Armstrong is a recipient of the PEN-New England Discovery Prize, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in poetry. He is a Professor of English at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. He was Winona’s first Poet Laureate. He posts essays and drawings at thinearth.blog.