About the Author
James JayJames Jay has worked as a bartender, a wild land firefighter, book seller, surveyor, and furniture mover. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona where he has taught poetry at the jail, the public schools, and the university. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and magazines. He received a MFA from The University of Montana and a MA in Literature from Northern Arizona University. Currently, he is a writer for FlagLive, writing the Bartender Wisdom bi-monthly column; the Executive Director of the Northern Arizona Book Festival. He owns a bar, Uptown Pubhouse, with his wife, the musician Alyson Jay, and they have two sons, Wilson and Henry. They have three dogs of varying mutt types (pit mix, boxer mix, a coyote mix from parts unknown), who all think they’re very fast.

In 2010 he received the Arizona Daily Sun’s People’s Choice Award fo

r best author. His latest collection of poems has been nominated for a PEN Western States Award, a Before Columbus Foundation Award, and poems from the book have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Recently, he was awarded the Copper Quill Award.


Opening remarks to the 2016 Northern Arizona Book Festival and a poem by Antonio Machado.