James Scully (born 1937, New Haven, Connecticut) is an American poet.



Scully attended Roman Catholic grammar and high schools. He was a beneficiary of the post–World War II economic expansion, including tuition-free access to a local teachers college. In 1964, supported by a National Defense Fellowship, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.[1]

Recently he published a journal of impressions, incorporating historical information following a visit to the former Yugoslavia. This was published originally in Serbian translation. Azul Editions published the English language text: Vagabond Flags: Serbia & Kosovo (2009).

Angel in Flames: Selected Poems & Translations 1967-2011 is the most recent of eleven books of poems. A collection of critical essays, Line Break: Poetry As Social Practice (1988) was reissued in 2005 with a foreword by Adrienne Rich. The many translations and co-translations include Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound (1975) with C J Herington, “The Complete Plays of Sophocles” (2011) with Robert Bagg, various Latin American texts plus Quechua texts or songs teased from Spanish translations. He was the founding editor of the Art on the Line series published by Curbstone Press: booklets of essays and interviews by 20th century artists and writers speaking to where their art and their social engagement interact.



  • "There Is No Truth to the Rumor; Donatello's Version". Logos Journal (7.1).



  • Sophocles (2011). Complete Plays of Sophocles. Harper Perennial. ISBN 978-0-06-202034-5.
  • Teresa de Jesus (1979). De Repente / All Of A Sudden. Maria A. Proser and Arlene Scully.
  • Quechua Peoples Poetry. Maria A. Proser. Curbstone Press. 1977. ISBN 978-0-915306-09-1.CS1 maint: others (link)
  • Aeschylus (1975). Prometheus Bound. C. J. Herington, James Scully. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-506165-9.


  • Vagabond Flags. Azul Editions. 2009. ISBN 978-1-885214-53-9.
  • Line Break:Poetry as Social Practice. Curbstone Press. 2005. ISBN 978-1-931896-18-4.
  • Modern Poetics, a.k.a. Modern Poets on Modern Poetry. McGraw-Hill. 1965.


External linksEdit