James Schwartz is a gay ex Amish poet and slam performer.
Schwartz’s poetry has been published by various poetry journals including Poetry 24, Politiku, @7×20, Babel: The Multilingual Multicultural Online Journal, The New Verse News, Nostrovia! Poetry, piecejournal, Silver Birch Press blog and Eris Magazine.
His book, The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America, was published by inGroup Press in 2011 and poetry in the anthologies Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience (2012), Milk and Honey Siren eBook (2013), The Squire: Page-A-Day Poetry Anthology 2015, Writing Knights Press 2014 Anthology, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology (2015) and Alpine Suite (2013), Poetry 4 Food 2 (2013), Poetry 4 Food 3 (2014), Arrival and Departure (2014), Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations (2016), Michigan Meditations (2016) chapbooks. As a slam performer he has read at The Meta Café, This is Fire! The Zoo Bar and the St. Joseph County, MI. Democratic Inauguration Day party of Barack Obama. In 2011 Schwartz joined the Three Rivers Community Players for a production of The Rocky Horror Show, playing a Phantom. He appears in the forthcoming documentary film The Seahorse.
Most recently, essays by Schwartz have appeared in RFD Magazine, The Good Men Project, Best of Books by the Bed 2 anthology (2014) and a short story in Jonathan: A Journal of Queer Male Fiction (2014). He resides in Michigan.