The Journeymen, the latest collection of poems from James Jay, is available from Gorsky Press. The poems in The Journeymen wander from the high desert of Arizona to the bars of Ireland; from the library at Columbia University to the classrooms of a juvenile detention center; from the streets of Los Angeles to a hike up Mars Hill to a lonely Greyhound highway all in search of the narratives that create the meaning in our increasingly fragmented lives. The women and men who inhabit these poems give a voice to the beautiful and flawed humans lingering on the periphery of contemporary society. Reading The Journeymen is like lovingly stroking that scar you picked up in a forgotten life.
Praise for The Journeymen:
The Journeymen has recently been nominated for a PEN Award, a Before Columbus Society Award, and poems from the collection have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
“The Journeymen is that rare thing—a book as meaty as its subjects, as thick as silence, and as satisfying as a perfect blues riff.”
—Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina
“James Jay’s new collection is like the best kind of public house where revolutionaries sit alongside prize fighters, medieval saints and 20th century felons take shots at the bar, and Old Angel Moonlight waits by the pool table to sweetly sucker you with his hustle.”
—Jim Ruland, author of Big Lonesome
James Jay’s poetry has appeared in The Huffington Post, Strange Machine, Alligator Juniper, Crab Creek Review, Cutbank and numerous other journals and magazines. His short stories and essays have been featured in Carbon 14, The View from Here; his interviews of award winning writers such as Mark Gibbons, Dennis Greig, and Ron Chernow have appeared in various newspapers. He has worked as the weekly Literary News Correspondent for Koshari Television. His previous book of poems, The Undercards, won the Sashimi Award for Literature (Gorsky Press, 2003). Jim Simmerman described The Undercards as “chock-full of spectacle, drama, and scrupulous technique…a veritable W.W.E. in verse.”
James Jay lives in Flagstaff, Arizona where he has taught poetry at the jail, the public schools and Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a bartender, wild land firefighter, book seller, surveyor, and furniture mover. Currently, he is a weekly columnist for FlagLive, the Executive Director of the Northern Arizona Book Festival, and owns a bar with his wife, Alyson. He received a MFA from The University of Montana and a MA in Literature from Northern Arizona University.