David James


Farmington, MI
Michigan US

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 & 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)
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Taproot Literary Review
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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.

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St. Clair Shores, MI
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Last update: Nov 03, 2016