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David James

Author's Bio

After writing poetry for over forty years, I've recently tried my hand at playwriting with some success. I've had six one-acts produced off-off-Broadway in New York, and twenty other one-act plays produced across the country. As a lifelong poet, it's been a rush to have other people "say" my words in these plays. And, above all, there is the real possibility of having an audience! My goal as a writer is to grab the hearts of readers, shake them around, and then let go. I want to write and read poems that move me and make me feel alive. I want poems to make me live forever...

Publications and Prizes

She Dances Like Mussolini (March Street Press, 2009), Trembling in Someone's Palm (March Street Press, 2007), I Will Peel This Mask Off (March Street Press, 2004), I Dance Back (March Street Press, 2002), Do Not Give Dogs What is Holy (March Street Press, 1994), A Heart Out of This World (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1984)
No Way to Stop the Bleeding (Finishing Line Press, 2014)
Bryant Literary Review, Caliban, California Quarterly, Iowa Review, Literary Review, North American Review, Poem, Quarterly West, Rattle, Taproot Literary Review
Michigan Council for the Arts grant; 2nd place in the Nantucket Short Play Festival, 2008. 2010 winner of the Next Generation Indie book award for poetry, SHE DANCES LIKE MUSSOLINI. 2016 Finalist for the Next Generation Indie book award for MY TORN DANCE CARD.

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books:
The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir; Striking the Earth; The Very Thing that Happens; A Prayer for Owen Meany; The Shipping News; Above the River...
Favorite Authors:
John Woods; James Tate; Jack Ridl; Anne Sexton; Sharon Olds; Galway Kinnell; Thomas Lynch; James Wright; Pablo Neruda; and many others...

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Listing last updated: November 3, 2016

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Detroit, MI
Raised in:
St. Clair Shores, MI

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