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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 
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With Miss LaDonna Divine, Lansing Pride 2014 


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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!

Dispatch from Hawaii #1

Aloha from Kapoho, Hawaii! I've been living at a permaculture community since late April of this year so haven’t spent much time blogging! Mahalo to Kukuau Studio and GaiaYoga Gardens for allowing me to grace your stages- it was an honor to be able to share my poetry with you this year!

I'm so happy to see my essay The Zoo Bar published in the new anthology Our Happy Hours: LGBT Voices From the Gay Bars! I can't believe I have an essay in the same book as the amazing Lee Lynch - another honor. I'm truly humbled. 
In poetry news I'm included in the new Not My President: An Anthology of Dissent and have a poem in the fall issue of RFD Magazine! You can read the issue online here

Lastly, you can catch my Creative Thought "From Amish to Aloha" on YouTube and the August issue of Science of Mind Magazine!

Our Happy Hours

Official release tomorrow - order now on Amazon!

October's Spooky Poetry Slam πŸ‘»

Hawaiian Elements

"From Amish to Aloha" Full Video

From Amish to Aloha

Mahalo East Hawaii Center for Spiritual Living for the warm welcome Sunday! I had fun delivering the Creative Thought "From Amish to Aloha" (available in the August 2017 issue of Science of Mind Magazine)!