Jean-Jacques Poucel is a critic, poet and translator. From July 2015 until May 2019, he was Visiting Professor of French Language and Contemporary Literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he taught courses in Literature, Cinema and Cultural History.
Previously, he held academic teaching positions at Yale University, Southern Connecticut State University, and the University of Calgary, Canada.
In 2011, he was the a Fellow at the Internationales Kolleg Morphomata at Universität Köln and he was a professor invité at University of Paris-Diderot in 2013. He has translated various short creative texts, poetry, and academic articles from French and English.
He is the author of Jacques Roubaud and the Invention of Memory (UNC Press, 2006) and co-editor of Pereckonings: Reading Georges Perec (Yale French Studies 105). Jean-Jacques is currently writing a study of French lyrical poetry from the early nineties to the present.
He is also an active member of two critical and creative translation groups, double change and Outranspo.