- Instructor , MFA Program, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
- College of Arts and Sciences
James McKean attended Washington State University and The University of Iowa. As an undergraduate, he played basketball for the Washington State Cougars, starting at center from 1965 to 1968. In his junior and senior years, he was selected to the AP’s All-Coast second team as well as to Look magazine's Region 8 All-District team. At the University of Iowa, he completed an M.F.A. in the Writers Workshop and a Ph.D. in English.
His publications include poems and essays in magazines such as The Atlantic, Poetry, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review and Gray’s Sporting Journal; two books of poems, "Headlong" from the University of Utah Press, and "Tree of Heaven" from the University of Iowa Press; and a collection of essays, "Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports" from Michigan State University Press. His awards include a 1987 Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writer Award in Poetry, a 1994 Iowa Poetry Award, a “notable-essay” mention in the "Best American Essays" 1999, an essay chosen for the "Best American Sports Writing" 2003; and a 2006 Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Tinker Mountain Writers’ Conference, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.