Wells, James B.
Assistant Professor of Classical Studies
My undergraduate experience at Beloit College, in Beloit, WI, directly informs my conviction that teaching and learning of Classical Studies is synonymous with core components of liberal arts education: interdisciplinarity, effective writing, collaborative learning, and creative thinking. My book Pindar's Verbal Art, published by Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies, is an ethnographic study of speech and performance in Pindar's (518-438 B.C.E.) victory songs for ancient Greek athletes. In-progress research projects include a chapter on Greek lyric poetry for Wiley-Blackwell's Companion to Greek Literature (ed. Martin Hose and David Schenker) and The Songs of Pindar, a verse translation (under contract with Bristol Classical Press). In addition to book reviews, lectures, and conference papers on Greek poetry and poetics, ancient athletics, and the reception of classical literature in contemporary American poetry, I have published poetry and verse translations in literary journals and magazines. My first collection of poetry, Bicycle (Sheep Meadow Press, 2013), has been a finalist for Black Lawrence Press's Hudson Prize (2010), The National Poetry Series (2011), and the Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry (2012). I hope to finish two nearly completed poetry collections in the coming year, Airs Waters Places, in Spring 2013 and The Slowed Sky in Fall 2013.