James has worked as a naval officer, deputy sheriff, high school English teacher, professor of education, and administrator in both public schools and universities.  Recipient of two Fulbright grants, he served as a visiting scholar at the University of Limerick in Ireland and at the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan.  His academic publications included three books, as well as scores of articles in professional journals -- all on various topics in education.  Since retirement he has turned his attention to poetry and has published six poetry chapbooks, with individual poems appearing in literary journals and anthologies in the USA, UK, and Ireland. Recipient of numerous awards for his poetry, his collection Long Journey Home was named winner of the 2019 Charles Dickson Chapbook Contest sponsored by the Georgia Poetry Society.  He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and the Modern Language Association's Conference on Christianity and Literature Book of the Year.  James divides his time between his home in Muncie, Indiana, and Mae Hong Son, Thailand, where he volunteers as an education consultant for the Jesuit Refugee Service.

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