6.19.2016

Lavender Magazine: QDA Review

Lavender Magazine has published a review of QDA: a queer disability anthology  in their Pride issue, have a look!


Pulse of Kalamazoo Benefit


Summer Update

Happy father's Day to all the fathers out there! Summer is here and I love summer in Michigan. I have been busy reading and writing in my free time, there are a lot of books on my must read list and never enough time but I hope to have new poetry to share with you soon. Lately, my enthusiasm has turned to fiction but poetry is my first love.


ICYMI: A Masonic Meditation via ERIS

This is a short piece highlighting "river country" Michigan history (we like tourists FYI), I scrapped a longer version but may return to it at some point. No I havent joined the masonry and yes I liked that Dan Brown book too!

To all my gay friends and community post Orlando Pulse tragedy, stay strong! ❤ You are loved!

5.06.2016

Photo by @bejsam

Photo by @bejsam 
 

Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mothers Day weekend! I recently visited with family who did genealogy research on my mothers side, the Yoders (Joder), and was intrigued to learn they immigrated from the Netherlands!

 


4.20.2016

#NationalPoetryMonth RFD Magazine



I have 2 poems Leather Daddy and Sacred Geometry (excerpt from Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations) in the queer comics themed Spring 2016 issue of RFD Magazine!

4.17.2016

#NationalPoetryMonth Book Excerpt

Sunshine On My Straw Hat
by James Schwartz



Sunday morning - time for church. I don't want to go. Dad makes me. When we arrive I jump off the buggy and walk the five miles home, a paperback in my pocket.

Sunday morning - time for church. I don't want to go. Dad makes me. When we arrive I jump off the buggy and walk the ten miles home, sunshine on my straw hat.

Sunday morning - time for church. Dad harnesses the horse and leaves me at home.

(From Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations)

4.09.2016

In The Woods - El Perro Del Mar


In The Woods - El Perro Del Mar (Official Video) from Connor Hurley on Vimeo.

#NationalPoetryMonth Quote

“You can't help it. An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times.”
- Nina Simone

quote from "Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations"


#NationalPoetryMonth Book Excerpt

What If?
by James Schwartz
 


What if...?
I had stayed in the Amish Closet?
I had suppressed my sexuality?
I had married a woman?
I would always wonder...

What if...?

from Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations (Writing Knights)

Post-Amish Poetry (Eris Magazine)

3.24.2016

Eris App

Eris Magazine -- there's an app for that (click here)! My latest for Eris: Michigan's Water Wars Through Poetry.



3.01.2016

Spring Update


Check out my latest pieces at Eris Magazine, and a thank you to We Wanted 2B Writers for tweeting / posting excerpts from Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations!






Justice for Flint


2.29.2016

Eris: Michigan’s Water Wars Through Poetry

Two poems highlighting the recent Detroit Water Shut-Offs and the ongoing Flint Water crisis: Michigan's Water Wars Through Poetry via Eris Magazine.



2.23.2016

2016 Releases

THANK YOU to my readers for purchasing copies of my latest Writing Knights release Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations (available from WritingKnights.com and Amazon)!



I will have new poetry out this year in several journals including Writing Knights' literary zine The Wayward Sword, details TBA.
I've also been thinking about a 2017(?) Collected Poems edition and trying my hand at a longer work of fiction and / or essays.

ICYMI: Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations BOOK EXCERPTS:

Queering the Old Order

Fellowship

Flint Water Drive

I spent my birthday with friends joining me on a Flint water drive, nice to see so many people stepping up and helping Flint out! Also big thanks to @ArtVan!
MLive: Flint Water Crisis... 



1.28.2016

Eris: "Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations" Excerpt


Say hello to the newest writer at Eris Magazine! Read a book excerpt from Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations here and more of my work in the future!

TBT: Closet Ball 2000

Just for fun: photos from my drag debut at Brothers Beta Club Closet Ball Aug. 2000

1.23.2016

FLAME GLBTQ Arts & Literary Project: #theseahorsemovie


JANUARY'S FEATURED ARTIST IS INDIANA BASED FILMMAKER KATIE MADONNA LEE. ENJOY HER STORY AS I HAVE!~ Prometheus~ What...
Posted by FLAME GLBTQ Arts & Literary Project on Thursday, January 21, 2016

1.21.2016

Flint: A Brief Meditation

Photo MLIVE
Some years ago I visit Flint, Michigan with a friend. I am struck by all the boarded up houses, churches and Coney Island stands that line the streets. Prostitutes are everywhere, bumming cigarettes. I walk to the gay bar and spend the evening -- don't bring up unions the bartender warns.
He drives us around the next morning, showing off the city sights including the Flint river. I remark the drinking water tastes terrible.

1.14.2016

#FlintWaterCrisis



Ironically, as I've been promoting my new poetry collection Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations (Writing Knights Press) featuring A Drop of Water, my response to the Detroit water shortage, the #FlintWaterCrisis begins. If you are interested in helping the citizens of Flint, please visit Hope4Flint.

A Drop of Water

Land of lapping lakes,
Peninsula,
&
Pine.


Alexis de Tocqueville,
Frontiersmen,
&
Forefathers.


Detroit flood,
&
Detroit debt,
Our kingdom for a drop of water.


RELATED:
Washington Post: In Flint...
Michigan Radio: Not Safe to Drink

1.07.2016

1.06.2016

2016 Update

Wishing all my readers a Happy 2016! This year you can expect my latest poetry collection Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations via Writing Knights Press as well as my appearance in the documentary film The Seahorse!
I am also considering working on new essays and / or short stories this year. I have numerous books on my must read list but, as always, will update this blog when I can.  
ICYMI:

East/West Symphony via The Good Men Project

QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology

Follow me on FB and Twitter!

12.24.2015

"Amish Christmas Tree" by James Schwartz


RERUN: Amish Christmas Tree

Why can’t we have a Christmas tree?
 That is not for Our People, Mom explains.

I beg until she cuts a tree from cardboard,
 Spray painting it gold.


We cut up Hallmark cards,
Decorating its boughs. Together.

12.23.2015

Title Reveal + Poem

Happy Winter Solstice and assorted holidays! I'm happy to reveal Writing Knights founder / editor / visionary Azriel Johnson and I have come up with the title Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations for my next Writing Knights release, due 2016! I still have a few last minute updates to finish on the manuscript. Here's to a new year ahead and new poetry!


Sacred Geometry
i
want
him
to
look
at
me
again
like
i
am
sacred
geometry
like
we
are
still
perfect
patterns.

-JS




ICYMI: Read selections from my next collection in The Squire: Page-A-Day Poetry Anthology 2015

Here are 2 excerpts (love poems):
The Good Men Project: "East/West Symphony"

We Wanted To Be Writers: "Sleeping With Keats"

12.20.2015

2 "Rainbow Gazzette" Poems


Early (queer) poetry via Michiana's Rainbow Gazzette (2008). ‪#‎theseahorsemovie

12.08.2015

QDA Excerpt: "Fellowship" by James Schwartz



"Fellowship"
by James Schwartz

Before every other Sunday service,
The Amish men shake my hand.


I offer them my left limply,
One nice fellow always smiles.


Reaching for, engulfing my right,
His hand and smile warm.


Sometimes he slips me chewing gum,
Or pieces of hard candy.


I offer my left hand,
To the next in line.


We stand around by the barn,
Until it is time to go inside.


via QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology  (Squares & Rebels, 2015)  

The Struggle of Being Gay in Albania


Wordgathering Book Review

Wordgathering reviews QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology (now available via Amazon in paperback and eBook). 

12.03.2015

QDA



QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology is now available from Squares and Rebels Press and on Amazon in paperback and eBook formats!

ICYMI: Huff Post: Disability and LGBTQ Intersectionality 

Washington Blade Review

Windy City Review  

The Bay Area Reporter Review 


Omnibus Journal Review by Walter Beck