Jon Loomis is the author of two books of poems: Vanitas Motel (1998, winner of the 1997 FIELD prize in poetry) and The Pleasure Principle (2001), both published by Oberlin College Press. His poetry has appeared in many journals, including FIELD, Poetry, The New Republic, The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, Subtropics and Virginia Quarterly Review. He has been awarded grants for poetry writing from the Ohio Arts Council and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and was the recipient of two fellowships in poetry from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown (1994-’95, 2001-’02). He was the Halls Fellow in poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995-‘96, a Hoyns fellow at the University of Virginia in 1992-’93, and, for a time, a frequent resident at Yaddo.
Loomis is also the author of two critically acclaimed mystery novels, High Season (2007) and Mating Season (2009), from St. Martin’s Minotaur. High Season was named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and was selected as one of the Washington Post Bookworld’s Best Books of 2007. High Season and Mating Season have been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and Wisconsin Public Radio’s Whad’Ya Know with Michael Feldman. Loomis is currently hard at work on the third book in the series, Fire Season. He’s also writing a book of poems about the end of the world, tentatively entitled I’m Putting My Money In Whiskey and Dynamite. His academic comedy, Tenure Track, is practically writing itself.
Loomis holds a BA from Ohio University, and an MFA from the University of Virginia. He has taught creative writing at the University of Virginia, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Rhode Island School of Design, The University of Florida, Emory University, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he also teaches literature and composition. Upon retiring from academia, he plans to play guitar in a blues band full time.