James Jay has worked as a bartender, a wildland firefighter, bookseller, 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 an MFA from The University of Montana and an 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. Recently, he was awarded the Copper Quill Award.