New Poetry


My latest poem "Birds" -a poem that conjures omens and grief- will be in the next edition (issue 36: "Hips") of Roi Fainéant Press! Out April 2nd! Happy National Poetry Month! 

Eat the Storms

 A companion episode of EAT THE STORMS POETRY PODCAST highlighting THE STORMS JOURNAL ISSUE 2 is now available! 

Plain Rainbows: Spiritual Abuse Awareness Month

#PlainRainbows3 will be OUT in June! For January, Spiritual Abuse Awareness Month, we just dropped a new episode! Find it on Podbean, Twitter @themisfitamish, FB/PlainRainbows and YouTube

The Storms Journal 2.18

 The Storms Journal issue #2 featuring a very Detroit photo by yours truly will launch February 18th! ICYMI: EAT THE STORMS POETRY PODCAST 


Only 7 days till our live Dublin launch but also only 11 nights till our International Live Zoom launch on Wednesday 22nd feb 7.30pm GMT

Join us in your living room to meet, cheer & listen to our contributors read 

Issue 2 is available to preorder at

New Year New Poetry


My latest, a Jack Kerouac inspired poem is up at FEVERS OF THE MIND and MLK Day poem via THE NEW VERSE NEWS

"Long Lost Friend" Coming Soon!

 I'm thrilled to share my new dark comedic micro-novella "Long Lost Friend" is forthcoming via Alien Buddha Press! 

Best of 2022

 "The Alien Buddha's Best of 2022" is now available in color print (35.99) and in black and white ($18.99).

links below: 

My Plain Rainbows: LGBTQ Amish and Anabaptist Stories podcast co-host Mary Byler's "Amish Misfit" memoir is also now available via Amazon:

2 seasons of Plain Rainbows podcast episodes are available via Facebook/PlainRainbows, Podbean and YouTube:

Lastly, January 2023 will see the launch of issue 2 of The Storms Journal which will include a very Detroit photo by yours truly!

I have been writing a few poems here and there when I have some downtime however no plans for a book yet!

Happy holidays and 2023! 🥂

Dispatch from Detroit #12: The Ruth Ellis Center


At the Ruth Ellis Clairmount Center mural! 

Literary Party with the Hobo King 🚂

 Late night literary party with the Hobo King 2021, Bazz! He has ridden 602 (& counting) cargo trains over 11 years! So happy to have met & spent Danksgiving with him.

You can find his poetry reading from "Sunset in Rome" on social media! 

Best of 2022

 The holiday season is upon us again so I am wishing you all festive tidings! 2022 was a productive year for my creative endeavors and it's not over yet! 

"Alien Buddha's Best of 2022" anthology will be available via Amazon December 15! Includes a poem from "Motor City Mix" and photo.

You can also find my poetry / writings at and in the following anthologies, all published this year! 

"Hard Rain Poetry: Forever Dylan" 

"Alien Buddha zine #35" 

"Psalms of the Alien Buddha 2" 

"Alien Buddha Skips the Party 2" 

"Alien Buddha's Microdoses" 

In addition to:  

"Motor City Mix" 

"Sunset in Rome" 

If you are interested in my previous work check out the Books page for a comprehensive list with links to purchase.

Popular titles include: 

"The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America" 

"Sweeter Voices Still: An LGBTQ Anthology from Middle America" 

What authors am I reading these days? Alex Dimitrov has a Substack now ( and I loved loved loved "All Down Darkness Wide" by Seán Hewitt: 

Lastly I am rereading "Cleaness" by Garth Greenwell:

And of course the daily poetic take on the headlines at The New Verse News: 

My latest poem:  

Happy reading!  

Goodreads Review: "Microdoses"

 Order your copy of the Alien Buddha Press anthology of micro lit here

Fevers Of The Mind: "The Artist Never Sleeps"

 You can read my short sketch "October Hardcover" in the Poetry Online Anthology "The Artist Never Sleeps" via FEVERS OF THE MIND

The Alien Buddha's Microdoses

Honored to have my 2 sentence short story "Cityscape" included in the new Alien Buddha Press anthology of micro lit "MICRODOSES", now available via Amazon! 

LGBT Books to Prisioners

 Happy to be donating a copy of SUNSET IN ROME to LGBT Books to Prisoners

"Midwest Aesthetics" Duet-Poem with David L O'Nan


Our collaborative poem "Midwest Aesthetics" is up at FEVERS OF THE MIND! From David L. O'Nan's series and forthcoming book of collaborative poetry "The Empath Dies in the End"! 

1. Michigan (James Schwartz)

Ruth Ellis,
The Great Blizzard of '78, 
Michael Moore, 

Sada Baby,

Gray sweatpants, 
Factory hours, 
Rivers of coffee, 
Biscuits and gravy, 

Gravel roads, 
Amish buggies bumping techno, 
Blueberry picking, 
Pumpkin patches, 

Model T Town,
Industrial Era hangover,
6 Mile sex workers, 
"Working on the night moves"... 

2. Indiana (David L O'Nan)

Larry Bird flat foot jumpers
The Great Blizzard of ‘78
The Ohio River flowing and suicide watches
Donald Trump really won 

On big trucks blasting rap music
Drive by white racists who justify using profanity
By lyrics, by tiktok
Elitists walk by you, the trash and the preppy

Wal-Mart days, Wal-Mart nights,
And speaking of nights, we had Bobby Knight
Now we’ve got memories of floods and tornadoes
We’ve got Holiday World.  

Gravel Roads,
The Meth Crisis to Fetanyl Crisis
David Letterman went to Ball State
Festivals in the fall. We eat garbage upon garbage and smile.

Vomiting in cornfields,
Hey Indianapolis,
Hey Gary, Hey the Jacksons, Hey nevermind.
Indy 500’s used to be a grandpa’s deam.

But I also know of Kentucky and I know of New Orleans
I the the hatred someone from Southern Indiana has
For a Kentuckian just a bridge away. 
With the same accent they mimic what they think is different, but really the same.

We’ve got Hoosiers
We’ve got Bloomington, actually a fine town
We’ve got Wineries  and
We’ve got Falling Rock Zones.

We’ve got an escape to New Harmony.  
A dystopian town for prayer.
Do we have Indiana Jones or that just a name?
We had James Dean and then he left to escape the curves around cornfields.

We’ve had Fairgrounds Coliseum Gas Explosions
We had Mike Pence and was saw him dispense.
We have John Mellencamp wandering around like Springsteen in New Jersey.
Dan Quayle, Dan Quayle, fuck that.  Steve McQueen , Steve McQueen.

Oh and don’t forget John Dillinger.
Don’t forget the programmed corn, the factories pounding out super pollution.
Steroid chickens,  9 mile Chic-Fil-A lines that tells you to have a good day.
While they racially judge you, while they investigate your sexual preference.

Well they never know that over half their staff is to be cautious and close to the closet.
All for those French fries that shape like waffles, chicken sandwich nights.
Super churches across from Super churches.
Envy the bully,  rampage the road, defeat the enemy, defeat the empathy. 


Above: SUNSET IN ROME book party photos 

 "This book begins as a story/play that displays in words the feelings of having to be told to keep secrets. Not only are you discouraged to be yourself. You are abandoned and rendered almost obsolete to those that supposed to have cared for you. So a strong sense of rebellion just to be yourself is born. This unfortunately isn’t the safest path for the character “Jakob” in this novella as he finds himself in a dire situation with some shady characters looking to take advantage of him. So, “Jakob” is always searching for a new way to get to a “home” and to be accepted since the old home isn’t accepting of him. Jakob however, is looking to change the dynamic and expose that there is more like him out there, even in the shadows of secrecies.

The poetry is outstanding from James in the book. “American Linden” which I posted on here as well a month or so ago

Poetry Preview “American Linden” from “Sunset in Rome” from James Schwartz “Limbs intertwine, with whisky breath, in rites of splendor, as ancient as, the forest-fawn….”

There are so many wonderful sad stanzas in “The Ninth Garden (9 vs The Garden of Night) “My step falters in the garden of night. I have not the strength left to fight.” “The night is old: I scream, I scream. I am youth: I dream, I dream” “I seek shelter in the beauty of night. I seek sanctuary by autumn orb’s light” “A ribbon of wheat the moonlight paves. Illuminating the garden of forgotten graves” “Leaving behind her heart with mine. Buried in the box of pine.

There is a sleepcast poem (an audio/visual presentation) which includes lines such “I met a guru by chance, as one does at Kehena Beach…he wore flowing robes & flowers & told me Shiva was the god of both marijuana & tobacco”

Please read more about James and his book “Sunset in Rome” with Alien Buddha Press and please purchase yourself a copy of a very unique style of writers out there. James has got the spirit of many writers flowing inside his blood." 


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