James Schwartz - Author Bio (Updated)


James Schwartz is a poet, writer, slam performer, speaker & author.

His book THE LITERARY PARTY: GROWING UP GAY AND AMISH IN AMERICA was published by inGroup Press in 2011 + nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. Schwartz has also been a PUSHCART PRIZE nominee. 

 Poetry by Schwartz has been published in various journals (SILVER BIRCH PRESS, THE NEW VERSE NEWS, WRITERSRESIST.COM, RIC JOURNAL, HEADLINE POETRY & PRESS, ACROSS THE SOCIAL DISTANCES, TRAIN: A POETRY JOURNAL) + the anthologies:








#R E S I S T (2017)


HESSLER STREET POETRY ANTHOLOGY (2017)





+ ALPINE SUITE (2013), POETRY 4 FOOD 2 (2013), POETRY 4 FOOD 3 (2014), ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE (2014), SECULAR, SATIRICAL & SACRED MEDITATIONS (2016), MICHIGAN MEDITATIONS (2016), PUNATIC (2019), SELECTED POEMS (2019) chapbooks.

 In 2011 Schwartz joined the Three Rivers Community Players for a production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, playing a Phantom. 
He appears in the documentary films THE SEAHORSEFROM PAHOA WITH LAVA 4 & the short micro-film #CITYOFREFUGE

A slam performer, Schwartz has read at various venues including The Zoo Bar, This is Fire! Kukuau Studio, La Hiki Ola kava bar + speaking at EAST HAWAII CSL.

Most recently, essays by Schwartz have appeared in RFD MAGAZINE, THE GOOD MEN PROJECTOUR HAPPY HOURS: LGBT VOICES FROM THE GAY BARS anthology (winner of a Goldie Award) + short story AMISH ROAD TRIP (2014) in JONATHAN: A JOURNAL OF QUEER MALE FICTION & s
everal Amazon Kindle eBook essays / singles (VOLCANO SUITE). 

Media appearances include HUFFPOST LIVE, DIVERSITY RULES MAGAZINE, #ARTFORFREEDOM, TABOO JIVESENSA NOSTRA & THE NEW YORK TIMES.

In addition to writing Schwartz is an honorary founding father of LGBT AMISH.

He is currently social distancing on Nisqually land (Washington state) & at work on a new poetry collection.