James Thomas Fletcher


Author's Bio

James Thomas Fletcher is native to Oklahoma. After a brief stint in college, he left the state to see if the rest of the world existed. Along the way, he picked cotton, made fiberglass and, in hazmat suit, cleaned filters inside a nuclear laundry. He was an M-60 machine gunner in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, company clerk at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (NATO\SHAPE) in Belgium, bartender in South Carolina, bricklayer in Oklahoma, oil field chainhand in Louisiana, roustabout in the Gulf of Mexico, English instructor in North Carolina, and Director of Computer-Aided Instruction at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Academically, he holds the Master of Arts in English degree in Creative Writing (Poetry), has been honored for outstanding teaching, and presented at national and international conferences on the subject of computer pedagogy. In addition, he earned Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Advanced Certified Novell Administrator computer certifications.

Now retired, his motorcycle and hang glider long since sold. His pilot's license expired. He no longer restores pinball machines, skydives, scubas, sails, or paints. He has forgotten how to play the bagpipe. His didgeridoo sits idle. He was once removed by the director from a part in his own stage play, but that has not discouraged him from continuing to write. He has written short stories, plays, and screenplays but favors poetry.

Until recently, he lived on the side of a volcano in the Republic of Panamá but now once more resides under the sun-filled skies of Oklahoma.

Publications & Prizes

Prompts and Pathways (Poetry Society of Texas, 2019)
Di-Verse-City (Austin Poets International, 2018)
Summer Conference Anthology (Poetry Society of Texas, 2018)
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Sea to Sky Review

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Oklahoma City, OK
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Oklahoma City, OK
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Last update: Sep 10, 2021