Leland James is the author of four books of poetry, three children’s books in verse, and a book on poetry craft. He has published more than two-hundred poems in poetry venues worldwide, including The Lyric, Form Quarterly, HQ, The Haiku Quarterly, Rattle, The South Carolina Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, New Millennium Writings, and The London Reader, The American Cowboy, Ruminate, and Nomos. He was the winner of the UK’s Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award for Poetry, The Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize, the Portland Pen Poetry Prize, the Writer’s Forum short poem contest, a winner of an Atlanta Review International Publication Prize, and received the Franklin-Christoph Merit Award for Poetry. He was runners-up for the poetry prizes of the Sequestrum Editor’s Reprint Awards, the Fish International Prize in Ireland, the Welsh International, The London Magazine, Writer’s Digest, and the Society of Classical Poets. He has received honors in dozens of other competitions, including the Golden Quill Awards, the Bridport Prize, Morton Marr, The Southwest Review. Leland has been featured in Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry and was recently nominated for a Push Cart Prize.
Leland lives and writes in a cabin in the woods in northern Michigan. He cuts his own firewood and shovels a couple of hundred inches of snow each year. Delivering readings of his own and other’s poetry, he travels widely to libraries and schools. He is an outspoken proponent of meter, rhyme, and accessibility in poetry, as well as endorsing experimental and “free verse.”
Paperback: 77 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books / Aldrich Press (September 2018)