- Ian McEwan
James Fenton was born in Lincoln in 1949 and educated at Magdalen College, Oxford where he won the Newdigate Prize for poetry. He has worked as political journalist, drama critic, book reviewer, war correspondent, foreign correspondent and columnist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was Oxford Professor of Poetry for the period 1994-99. In 2007, Fenton was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.
Fenton's Selected Poems (2006) is published by Penguin and Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is also the editor of The New Faber Book of Love Poems (2008) and D. H. Lawrence's Selected Poems (2009) (Penguin).
James Fentons visit to CMC is sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.