Competition: US & Canada
Education: California State University, Chico
Troy Jollimore’s first book of poetry, Tom Thomson in Purgatory, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry in 2006. His second collection, At Lake Scugog, appeared in the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets in 2011. As a philosopher he has focused largely on ethical aspects of love and personal relationships, and has authored three books: Friendship and Agent-Relative Morality, Love’s Vision, and On Loyalty.
Jollimore earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton University in 1999. After leaving Princeton he taught at Georgetown University and the University of California, Davis. Since 2001 he has taught at California State University, Chico, primarily in the philosophy department. He was selected as CSU Chico’s Outstanding Professor for the academic year 2009–2010.
Jollimore has received fellowships from the Stanford Humanities Center and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His philosophical articles have appeared in several anthologies and in journals, including Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, and American Philosophical Quarterly. His poems have appeared in such publications as Poetry, McSweeney’s, The Believer, and the New Yorker. His essays and reviews appear frequently in such outlets as the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Barnes and Noble Review, and Wilson Quarterly.