Troy Jollimore is the author of three books of poetry and three books of philosophy, as well as numerous articles, essays, and reviews. His first collection of poetry, Tom Thomson in Purgatory, won the National Book Critics Circle award in poetry for 2006. His third, Syllabus of Errors, appeared on the New York Times' list of the best books of poetry published in 2015.

His poems have appeared in publications including the New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, McSweeney’s, the New England Review, Tin House, and The Best American Poetry 2020. His essays have been published in venues including Conjunctions, the Kenyon Review, Zyzzyva, and the New York Times Book Review, and he is a frequent book reviewer for publications including the Barnes and Noble Review, the Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post.

In 2013 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry. He has also received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Stanford Humanities Center in Palo Alto, California.

Born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, he was an undergraduate at the University of Kings College and Dalhousie University, before moving to the U.S., where he earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton under the direction of Harry Frankfurt.

He is currently a Professor in the Philosophy Department at California State University, Chico. His research interests include normative ethics and meta-ethics; the nature and ethics of personal relationships, particularly friendship and romantic love; the ethics of terrorism and war; the nature of reasons and the relations between moral and other reasons; and aesthetics, in particular philosophy of poetry and music.



Troy's fourth collection of poetry, Earthly Delights, will be published by Princeton University Press in 2021.

His poem, "The Garden of Earthly Delights," first published in Zyzzyva, was selected by editor Paisley Rekdal for Best American Poetry 2020.

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    Tom Thomson in  Purgatory 

    Love's Vision 

    At Lake Scugog 

    On Loyalty 

    Syllabus of Errors





Review of "The Selected Letters of John Berryman"


"Marvelous Things without Number"




March 21, 7:30 pm, San Rafael, CA

Marin Poetry Center - Reading with Lyn Emanuel

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March 30, 2019, Portland OR

Poetry Northwest 60th Anniversary Reading

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May 11, 2019, San Francisco, CA

"Writers with Drinks" Reading



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Philosophy Papers


Essays & Reviews




“I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.”

A Midsummer Night's Dream



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