John Talbot earned his PhD in classics from Boston University. He has published one volume of poetry, The Well-Tempered Tantrum (2004). His literary criticism, translations, and poetry have appeared in a variety of publications. He is currently writing chapters for the Oxford History of Literary Translation in English. He serves on the national council of the Association of Literary Critics, Scholars, and Writers.

Talbot is an associate professor at Brigham Young University, where he specializes in the relationship of ancient Greek and Latin to English literature.