Open Letter from the Old Order Amish


An open letter from the Old Order Amish Church. 

Could this be leading to either a mass exodus of Old Order Amish churches and/or a church split? 

Amish Book Society 2024 - The Misfit Amish blog breaks down what this all means. 

Eat The Storms Pride Poetry podcast


Eat The Storms Pride Poetry podcast drops Friday! I'll be reading from my latest book, Some Are and Most Aren't and It's Always Been Like That: Selected Poems 2004-2024 (Alien Buddha Press)! 

A 2 poem excerpt and short Q & A is up today at Fevers of the Mind!

Plain Rainbows Pride 2024 🌈

 A truly historic day for the Amish and Anabaptist communities as LGBTQ Amish and Anabaptist marched in Pikes Peak LGBTQ Pride parade today! For more photos visit Plain Rainbows podcast on FB! 

Plain Rainbows 

"Some Are..." Book launch / Poetry Reading

πŸ“Έ by dollartospare 

 "Some Are and Most Aren't and It's Always Been Like That: Selected Poems 2004-2024" book launch and poetry reading 5-27-24 at the Hazel Perk Cafe! 

Set List:

* Night Portrait of The Fisher Building 

* Electric Dreams 

* Work Poem

* Divinity  

* Kalapana Meditation 

* The Italian Bed 

* Midnight 

* @dollartospare set 

* Kyle set 

* open mic 

πŸ“Έ by Hazel Perk Cafe 

Some Are and Most Aren't and It's Always Been Like That

 Amazon link 

Some Are and Most Aren't and It's Always Been Like That Selected Poems 2004-2024 by James Schwartz (Alien Buddha Press) 

James Schwartz's collection of selected poems, "Some Are and Most Aren't and It's Always Been Like That," offers readers a compelling journey through the intersections of identity, society, and personal experience. Spanning two decades of poetic exploration from 2004 to 2024, Schwartz's work delves into themes of LGBTQ+ identity, cultural heritage, societal norms, and the human condition with a raw and unflinching honesty.

One of the most striking aspects of Schwartz's poetry is his ability to blend personal narratives with broader social commentary seamlessly. Through his keen observation and introspection, he crafts verses that resonate deeply with readers, inviting them to reflect on their own lives and the world around them.

The collection showcases Schwartz's versatility as a poet, ranging from poignant reflections on his Amish upbringing to powerful expressions of queer pride and resilience. His use of imagery and metaphor creates vivid landscapes that transport readers to the heart of his experiences, whether he's navigating the complexities of love and relationships or grappling with societal injustices.

In addition to his thematic depth, Schwartz's poetic craftsmanship shines through in his attention to language and form. Each poem is meticulously crafted, with every word and line contributing to the overall impact of the piece. From free verse to structured forms, Schwartz demonstrates a mastery of poetic technique that enhances the emotional resonance of his work.

Sci-fi Poetry

 My poem Night Portrait of Kalapana will be published this summer in the anthology Eccentric Orbits 5

Poetry Reading PHOTOS

 Thank you to everyone who came out tonight and thank you to @dollartospare for joining me at the Psychedelic Shack! (Photos below by @dollartospare) 








Poetry Reading 5.4!

Join me for a poetry reading preview of Some Are and Most Aren't and It's Always Been Like That Saturday May 4th 7 PM, at the Psychedelic Shack (Detroit)!




By James Schwartz 




BOOK RELEASE NEWS: SOME ARE AND MOST AREN'T AND IT'S ALWAYS BEEN LIKE THAT (SELECTED POEMS 2004-2024) by James Schwartz - Coming soon from Alien Buddha Press!


To celebrate #NationalPoetryMonth2024 here are 4 anthologies my poetry has appeared in and that I would point readers to.


Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience (2012)

In Among the Leaves, 18 queer male poets share stories what it means to live in the Midwest. We learn what it's like for them to play football and come up short. We feel their lingering effects of bullying. We experience the undeniable power of seasons affecting their moods as they ache for a meaningful connection. We learn what it means to celebrate in spite of the odds against them. But more than anything, we discover anew through their poems the redemptive power of love and renewal among the leaves growing and falling.


Lovejets: Queer Male Poets on 200 Years of Walt Whitman (2019) 

Where the heck have you been, Walt Whitman?

Walt Whitman, author of Leaves of Grass, was born in 1819. The Stonewall riots happened 150 years later. On the bicentennial of Whitman’s birth and the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, over 80 poets pay homage to not only Walt Whitman, but also to queer poets and queer poetry and the vast and various events, revolutions public and private, that have shaken our world since 1819: who we are, where we are, where we have been, and where we might be going in the 21st century.

“This wide and impressive range of poetry echoing the spirit of Walt Whitman and his literary forebears demonstrates the essential embrace of community that we’ve always needed to feel whole with ourselves and among others, especially now during these tumultuous times. Celebrating what had to be largely hidden from view during Whitman’s day, the living queer male poets who grace the pages trumpet a glorious and unforgettable spectacle of passion and compassion.”

—Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet


SWEETER VOICES STILL: An LGBTQ Anthology From Middle America (2020) 

Edited by Ryan Schuessler and Kevin Whiteneir, Jr.

The middle of America—the Midwest, Appalachia, the Rust Belt, the Great Plains, the Upper South—is a queer place, and it always has been. The queer people of its cities, farms, and suburbs do not exist only to serve as “blue dots” within “red states.” Every story about the kid from Iowa who steps off the bus in Manhattan, ready to “finally” live, is a story about the kid who was already living in Iowa. Sweeter Voices Still is about that kid and has been written by people like them. This collection features queer voices you might recognize—established and successful writers and thinkers—and others you might not—people who don’t think of themselves as writers at all. In this book, transgender women and men are women and men, “they” and “them” can be singular pronouns, Black lives matter, sex work is work, and you don’t have to go to a gay bar to be gay—and it’s okay if you do, too. You’ll find sex, love, and heartbreak and all the beings we meet along the way: trees, deer, cicadas, sturgeon. Most of all, you'll find real people. 

Featuring a foreword by Northwestern University professor Doug Kiel. 


The Alien Buddha Loves You (2023)

AMISH: How Growing up in the strictest settlement led to...

Spring Update

Dear Readers,

I am happy to announce several new lit projects this year... 

ICYMI:  In January, Roi FainΓ©ant Press published my Night Portrait of The Fisher Building which has been archived here! I also read Night Portrait at my St. Patrick's Day pop-up poetry reading at the Psychedelic Healing Shack.

 My meditation Summer History has been published in Fevers of the Mind Poetry, Art & Music Issue 11: the Lone Road which can be purchased here!

It was great to meet 'Attack from Within' author Barbara McQuade at the Detroit Library's Author series - put her important book on your reading list! 

Lastly, April is #NationalPoetryMonth... stay tuned!

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