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James Penha

James Penha

Author's Bio

A native New Yorker, James Penha has lived for the past 25 years in Indonesia, an archipelago and culture that has embraced and inspired him as a writer. He has been teaching creative writing and literature around the world for more than four decades; the results of his curricular innovations have several times been reported in ClassNotes Plus, the publication of the (U.S.) National Council of Teachers of English. He also edits the online poetry journal The New Verse News [www.newversenews.com].

Publications and Prizes

Snakes and Angels (Cervena Barva Press, 2010), No Bones to Carry (New Sins Press, 2007), Greatest Hits (Pudding House Publications, 2000), Back of the Dragon (Omega Cat Press, 1992)
The Great Gatsby Anthology: Poetry & Prose Inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's Novel (Silver Birch Press, 2018), "Despite months and miles away" in Toasts (Viva Editions, 2014), Camelot in The Kennedy Curse (Exter Press, 2013), Liberty's Vigil, The Occupy Anthology (Foothills Publishing, 2012), Flashlight Memories (Silver Boomer Books, 2011), Can I Sit With You Too? (Deadwood City Publishing, 2008), Freckles to Wrinkles (Silver Boomer Books, 2008), Silver Boomers (Silver Boomer Books, 2008), Queer Collection (Fabulist Flash Publishing, 2007), You Are Here: New York City Streets in Poetry (P&Q Press, 2006)
A Quiet Courage, About Place Journal, Amygdala, Between the Lines, Big Pulp, Blast Furnace, Columbia, Crate, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Ekphrasis, Extract(s), Festival Writer, Gyroscope Review, Ignavia, Marathon Literary Review, Mason's Road, Naugatuck River Review, New Verse News, Panoply, Postcard Poems and Prose, Quail Bell, Red Earth Review, Revolution House, Siren, Spillway, Storie, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, The Ekphrastic Review, Thema, Third Wednesday, Waterways, Zingara Poet
Although Penha is primarily a poet (whose collection No Bones To Carry won the 2007 New Sins Press Editors' Prize), his prose adaptations of Indonesian folk tales have been published in THEMA, Big Pulp, and Columbia. A collection of these stories (Snakes and Angels) won the 2009 Cervena Barva chapbook competition.

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Listing last updated: August 26, 2016

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Fiction Writer, Poet
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Born in:
New York City, NY
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New York City, NY

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