His work has appeared in AGNI, Chicago Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, The Iowa Review, New Orleans Review, Poetry Wales, The Seattle Review, and The Southern Review.
He was a Fulbright Scholar at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine from 1993 through 1994; he later returned to the Ukraine to teach at Yuri Fedkovych State University in 1999. He taught at Western Carolina University and was visiting assistant professor in the University of Memphis in 2008 through 2009. Brasfield currently teaches in the English Department at Pennsylvania State University.
- 2001 NEA Fellowship in Poetry
- 2000 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation
- The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship
- "Celan", AGNI, 2002
- Inheritance and Other Poems. Armstrong College Press. (Chapbook)
- Ledger of Crossroads. Louisiana State University Press. December 2009. ISBN 978-0-8071-3520-4.
- "Swan", Oleh Lysheha, AGNI, 2002
- Oleh Lysheha (1999). The Selected Poems of Oleh Lysheha. Translator James Brasfield. Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University. ISBN 978-0-916458-90-4.
- Diane Boller, Don Selby, Chryss Yost, ed. (2003). Poetry Daily: 366 Poems from the World's Most Popular Poetry Website. Sourcebooks, Inc. ISBN 978-1-4022-0151-6.
- Ledger of Crossroads, LSU Press, December 2009, retrieved 6 February 2015