James Cole


Author's Bio

James Cole is a writer, poet, scientist, and amateur filmmaker based in Charlottesville, VA. Originally from Roanoke, he attended The College of William and Mary where he studied neuroscience, medieval history, and creative writing. He is currently a neuroscience graduate student working on his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia Medical School. 

His work has appeared in many publications, including Jump!, Winged Nation, The Virginia Bards Central Review, and Vita Brevis. In 2016 he won The Gallery Poetry Prize and in 2017 he was a semi-finalist for the Virginia Writers' Club Golden Nib Award. His first poetry collection, Crow, come home, was released in November 2019, by VerbaleEyze Press. 

Aside from his publishing credits, James is very involved in the Virginia arts community. He is the founder of the Charlottesville Poetry Critique Circle and a community organizer for the Live Poets Society. James has also taught poetry composition at the VWC Annual Conference, the WritersHouse, and at local Virginia schools. He has performed at countless venues across Virginia, including the Miller School, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, and the Eunoia Creative Arts Community. 

In addition to his poetry, James is writing a novel, making short films, and working on a podcast. 

Publications & Prizes

Crow, come home (VerbalEyze Press, 2019)
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Unlikely Stories Mark V
Prizes won: 

2016 Gallery Poetry Prize

Semi-finalist for 2017 Golden Nib Award

Finalist for 2018 William & Mary Creative Arts Award

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Haruki Murakami, T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Richard Brautigan, Terry Pratchett, Mike Mignola, Ben Lerner, Albert Camus
What I'm reading now: 
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
American, White
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Mental Health, Schools, Teachers, Teenagers
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Born in: 
Roanoke, VA
Raised in: 
Roanoke, VA
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Last update: Jun 15, 2021