John Brehm was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and educated at the University of Nebraska and Cornell University.
He is the author of three full-length books of poetry, Sea of Faith, Help Is on the Way, and No Day at the Beach, all from the University of Wisconsin Press, and a chapbook, The Way Water Moves, from Flume Press. His collection of essays, The Dharma of Poetry, was recently released by Wisdom Publications. He is the associate editor of 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 Sun, The Southern Review, Plume, 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 in Portland, Oregon, and forThe Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, Colorado. He offers a monthly Poetry as Spiritual Practice gathering online. With his wife, Alice Boyd, he teaches Mindfulness retreats incorporating Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, guided meditation, and mindful poetry discussions. He lives in Portland, Oregon.