John Brehm was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and educated at the University of Nebraska and Cornell University.
He is the author of two full length books of poetry, Sea of Faith, which won the 2004 Brittingham Prize, and Help Is on the Way, which won the 2012 Four Lakes Prize, both from the University of Wisconsin Press, and a chapbook, The Way Water Moves, from Flume Press. He is the associate editor for The Oxford Book of American Poetry and the editor of The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, Boulevard, Gulf Coast, The Missouri Review, New Ohio Review, The Writer’s Almanac, The Best American Poetry, The Norton Introduction to Literature, and many other journals and anthologies.
He teaches for Mountain Writers Series and Literary Arts in Portland, Oregon and forThe Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, Colorado. He lives with his wife, Alice Boyd, and their three cats in Portland, Oregon.