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TORAH BONTRAGER: S1Ep1: James Schwartz on Growing up Gay and Amish in America, Unconventional Schooling and Trump Politics

S1Ep4: James Schwartz on the Burning Question Every Amish Person Faces and the Need for an Amish Underground Railroad

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Eris Magazine (2016 - 2017) 


#NoSochi Campaign 
Huffington Post

With Miss LaDonna Divine, Lansing Pride 2014 


Recent posts

Puna News! πŸ’»

My column for Puna News is live! #BigIslandBeatnik

#DisruptingHistory Reclaiming Our Amish Story!

Disrupting History: Reclaiming Our Amish Story conference in Sept is history in the making! For the first time EVER, Amish will be gathering outside the church to discuss issues, the future! Grab your tickets now! #changeiscoming

Watch a full episode of The Amish Entrepreneur Show

Mennonite World Review article

The Amish Heritage Foundation

Coming Soon...

Aloha from Puna, Hawaii (post Kilauea eruption, post Hurricane Lane)! I'm happy to announce several projects in the works! First up, my poem "Punatic" is now available via Writing Knights Press' litmag The Wayward Sword: Grand Showcase 2018!

My fourth poetry collection PUNATIC: Poems from Puna, Hawaii  is coming soon from Writing Knights! 100% of my author proceeds will be donated to Puna relief efforts!

Just in! I will be guesting on this fall! Im hoping to contribute to meaningful dialogue on LGBT Amish issues!

I have called the Big Island of Hawaii home for nearly a year and a half now and love it here. Puna is truly a spiritual mecca! I love studying Hawaiian literature, history, literature and poetry! 

Recommended Reading:

The Bowl of Light by Hank Wesselman 

Kahuna of Light by Moke Kupihea 

Wise Secrets of Aloha by Harry Jim 

I'm also very happy to support "Disrupting History: Reclaiming Our Amish Story" conference (Sept.) - see 

Grand Showcase 2018

The new Writing Knights Press litmag Grand Showcase which includes my poem "Punatic" is now available!


Paniolo Country! 🐎

Dispatch from Waimea, Hawaii!

Dispatch from Hawaii #10

The Pahoa Village Museum

Dispatch from Hawaii #9 🦈

Dispatch from Hawaii #8

At King Kamehameha's Pu'ukoholā Heiau!

"Our Happy Hours" Wins Goldie Award! πŸ†πŸ³️‍🌈

Congrats to Lee Lynch and everyone who contributed to this beautiful book!

Hilo Pride March 🏳️‍🌈

Marching with Women's March and #keepfamiliestogether today at Hilo Pride!

Kalapana Meditation + Statement on the Border Crisis

Volcano Poetry! πŸŒ‹

Tomorrow Poetry24 will be publishing an excerpt from PUNATIC... stay tuned!
Updated: Kalapana Meditation

Dispatch #7: Kilauea

Yes I'm in the area & safe - mahalo for all the messages!

Kukuau Studio - Oak and Pine

Dispatch from Hawaii #6

At the the City of Refuge!

RIP Verne Troyer

Dispatch from Hawaii #5

Meeting the Hokulea!

Dispatch from Hawaii #4

At Awapuhi Labyrinth

Recommended Read!

Writers Read Presents: Not My President

Dispatch from Hawaii #3

The Pahoa Village Museum, Pahoa HI

Love Letters to God

Gaia: A Duet Poem by James Schwartz & Seth Speaks 🌎

Note: I'm happy to let my readers know I've written a chapbook of Hawaii themed poems, more on that later this year! In the meantime, here's a preview: an "organic" duet poem written with spoken word poet, performer Seth Speaks!

Gaia: A Duet Poem πŸŒ‹ by James Schwartz & Alexander Chandrea (AKA 
Seth Speaks) πŸŽ™

Sweet Puna & Pele here we are,
It took many years to travel so far,
On our own with nothing to lose,
Only battered memories of gay sex & booze,

James, my brother
Troubles roll by, soul is soothed
When we stand before great mother now brother
We’ve made it this far
Don’t let past distract from her stars

Sweet Gaia in our sandals we trod thy lava,
On Rimbaud’s birthday raising shells of kava,
A toast to the rebels in sacred land,
I’ll take Hart Crane in heart & hand.

Fire, Fire on the land
Fire, Fire with one demand 
Raise vibration, love creation
Spread appreciation,
See Pele’s fiya 
Listen to the rhyme, malama to the aina.

We make our way through sugar ca…

Happy Holidays! πŸŒ‹

At Kalapana lava flow!

Dispatch from Hawaii #2

Aloha on a rainy night in Kapoho, Hawaii! I'm happy to share with you that I have been busy writing poetry with my Punatic pal Alexander aka Seth Speaks, more to come on that later. I feel so honored to collaborate with him on writing - you can check out his spoken word poetry below & if you are in (Hilo) Hawaii at Kukuau Studio monthly poetry slams. I've had a lot of fun with our poetry nights in Alexander’s jungle hut - a duet poem will be forthcoming!