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James P. White, Editor (jamespwhite@gmail.com)

James P. White, Former Executive Director of the Christopher Isherwood Foundation has published five books of fiction as well as stories, poems, and articles. He has edited a number of literary collections. White has received Guggenheim and other fellowships and has taught at UCLA, the University of Southern California, and the University of South Alabama. He was the founding president of the Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers and the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers.

On Birdsong

“I loved it all the way through. Birdsong reassures me that I can still find any subject matter enthralling if it’s handled by the right writer.” Christopher Isherwood

 

DataSheet

Film

2008, Producer,Chris and Don, Asphalt Stars, distributed by Zeitgeist.opening in New York June 13, in Los Angeles on July 24. Also shown in Dallas, Seattle, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, Berkeley, San Diego, Atlanta, etc.

Non-fiction Book

2007, I am Everyone I meet, Tabloid Books, inc., Los Angeles, non fiction book.

Education

B.A. with Honors, History, University of Texas at Austin, l961

M.A. in History, Vanderbilt University, l963

M.A. in Creative Writing (English), Brown University, 1973 (Marston Fellowship; University Teaching Fellowship)

Teaching Experience

University of Texas, Permian Basin. Assistant Professor 1973-4; Associate Professor,

1974-7 (Wrote the curriculum for the B.A. and M.A. Creative Writing Concentrations)      

University of Texas at Dallas, Visiting Professor (1977-78)

University of California at Los Angeles, Novel writing, part time (1979)

University of Southern California, 1979-82, Director, Master's in Professional Writing  (Wrote the curriculum for this new program and guided it through University adoption.  Interdiscipinary graduate program in Film, Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry Writing. 150 students at the time)

University of South Alabama,  1982-Director of Creative Writing; Professor (1987-2003)       

 

Grants and Honors 

Guggenheim Fellowship, 1988-89

Fulbright Grant awarded summer, 1991 (was unable to go) 

Dean's Lecturer, University of South Alabama, 1990

Professional and Development Grant, USA, 1988

Excellence in Teaching Award, USA, 2002

Alabama State Council on the Arts Artist Fellowship (Fiction), 2002-3

 

Publications 

Books

Where Joy Resides: A Christopher Isherwood Reader, edited with Don Bachardy. Introduction by Gore Vidal. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. December, 1989. Noonday Press Edition, 1991 Methuen edition, January, 1990. London., University of Wisconsin Edition, 2003

Birdsong, a novel, 1st Edition, 1977. 2nd Edition, 1978; Copper Beech Press, Brown University, Providence Rhode Island. Third Edition, Methuen, London, hardback and paperback, 1985. Fourth Edition, TCWP, 1995.    

The Great Depression, poetry, (with Walter Feldman, Brown U.), 1997 Ziggurat Press,  Providence, R.I. (limited edition art book with my poem the text. $250.00    

The Ninth Car, a novel, (with Anne Reed  Rooth), 1978. G.P. Putnam's, New York.

The Persian Oven, a novella, 1985, Imperial Press, Los Angeles.

The Persian Oven and California Exit (fiction), 1987, Methuen, Ltd., London, hardback and paperback.

Clara's Call, in Two Short Novels, (with R.V. Cassill)  TCWP, 1992

Poems (Chapbook), Calliope Press, Austin, Texas, 1979.

Unmask, co-editor, OK Street, Inc., 1977     

Clarity: A Text on Writing, (with Janice White), Paul Hanson Publishers, 1982, Los Angeless

Gulf Coast Collection of Stories and Poems, Editor, TCWP 1994

Other books edited for the Texas Center for Writers Press are:

Bicentennial Collection of Texas Short Stories; Texas Stories and Poems (with Walter McDonald); New and Experimental Fiction; Poetry  Dallas; William King's Southwest (art book); A Bibliography of Christopher  Isherwood's Personal Papers; TCWP also has brought out a  variety  of books under my direction: Selected  Poems by Edwin Honig; No  Marble Angels by Joanne Leedom  Ackerman, The  Imminence of Love by Edwin Honig, Mobile Bay Tales edited by Tom Franklin, The Road, The Eye, by Michael Anderson, Late Stories by R. V.Cassill, Poems by Laurie O'Brien, and others.

Journals Edited

Translation Review, (with Rainer Schulte), first issue, published by the American Literary  Translators Association. 1978, University of Texas at Dallas.    

Texas Books in Review, 1977-79. Founding Editor. A survey of  books published in Texas or books by  Texans and of the Texas arts scene. This journal is now published by Southwest Texas State University.

Texas Writers' Newsletter, Founding Editor. Published by the TACWT. 1974-78

Sands, a literary review. Dallas. 1974-78.

 

Short Stories 

I've published thirty stories in journals.

Recent story publications include:

“New York City, 1967,” The Conscious Reader, Longman’s (a text book with over a million in sales), 2003

“Winning,” Literary Mobile, an anthology, 2003, Negative Capability Press

Examples of other stories published include:

"Summer," Kansas Quarterly, Vol III, No 3, Summer, 1971. Listed under "Distinctive Short Stories" in Martha Foley's Best American Short Stories, 1972.

"Spread," Quartet, Vol. VII, Nos 5l-53, 1975-76, College Station, Tx. Listed under "Distinctive Short Stories," in Best American Short Stories, 1977.

"Wives," Kansas Quarterly, Vol VI, No 2, Winter, 1973. Listed under

"Distinctive Short Stories", in Best American Short Stories, 1974.

Reprinted in Southwest: An Anthology. Red Earth Press, 1977.

  

Poetry

I've published about 20 poems and translations. Sample poems  published are:

"Let us Read Aristotle," The Centennial Review, Fall, 1972.

"Bowlbound," Mundus Artium, Vol VI, No 2, 1973.

The Suicide of John Triggs," Kansas Quarterly, Summer, l974, Vol VI, No 3, Honorable Mention, Annual Poetry Contest, KQ.   

"Waking," Undine, Vol I, 1974.

  

Articles

"The Sanford Exploring Expedition," Journal of African History, Vol 8, No 2, 1967, Cambridge University, England.

"Government and Art: A New Deal Venture," The Markham Review, 1975, University of Staten Island.

Series of articles, model teaching lessons on Teaching Creative Writing for Croft Educational Systems, 1972-6. Includes: Connotation in Composition, Sound in Language and others.

"Birth of a Father," Scene Magazine of the Dallas Morning News. September, 1979. 

"How to Improve a Freshman's Style," Improving College and University Teaching, Vol 11, No 2, Spring, l973

"Using Connotation in Composition," Education, Fall, 1973.  

    

Other articles and features published in Learning Today, Reading Improvement, Minnesota English Journal, Iowa English Journal, New Writers, Vision Magazine and the Dallas Times Herald, Twentieth Century Britain, An Encyclopedia, etc.

 

Article publications for 1998-2000

"Christopher Isherwood, A Personal View," Santa Barbara Review, Spring, 1999. Santa Barbara, Calif. Reprinted in  A Christopher Isherwood Century published by the University of Wisconsin, spring, 2000.

"The Meaning of  Disneyworld," Soundings, University of  Tennessee (winter, 1998)

"Two for the Show," Seattle Review, University of Washington (fall, 1998).

 "Christopher Isherwood's Commonplace Book," Santa Barbara Review, (spring, 1999)

"Midnight Cowboy and James Herlihy," Seattle Review, University of Washington, (spring, 2000).

"On William Goyen," Texas Review, Sam Houston State University, (spring,2000).

"Scenes from an Emigration:Huxley, Mann, Garbo, Chaplin and a host of other stars," Eclectic Literary Forum (spring, 1999).

"On David Scott Milton," Amarillo Bay, West Texas A&M University, (fall, 1999)

"Tomas Rivera," Riversedge, University of Texas, Pan American.. (spring, 2000)

"On Joanne Leedom Ackerman," Riversedge, (Accepted).

"On Teaching," Satire.org  (fall, 1999)

 

Others.

Reviews in Chelsea, Mobile Press Register and others (1998-9)     

Reviews

     Reviews published in The Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Times Herald, San Antonio Light, Houston Chronicle, Drama, Southwest Review, Arizona Quarterly, Mobile Press Register others.

Sample review publications include:

Deep in the Heart, Wyatt Wyatt, Los Angeles Times, l980.

Dingley Falls, Michael Malone, Los Angeles Times, l980.

The Stand, Stephen King, Los Angeles Times, 1979.

Wonderful Plant, William Goyen, The Dallas Morning News.

Breakout: In Search of New Theatrical Environments, James Schevill,                Drama and Theater, Spring, l975.

1996 reviews include Robert Kaplan's Ends of the Earth (Random), Harold Brodsky's On Grief and Reason, Essays (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Jeanie Thompson's Poems (Black Belt).

               

Newspaper column and radio show

     From 1977-80 I wrote a newspaper column, Literary Notes on the Southwest, that was published in various of 23 Texas newspapers. I also hosted a Dallas weekly radio show about literature and the Southwest. I currently write a regional column on Southeastern literature for various newspapers such as the Oxford, Mississippi Record

 

Drama and Screenplay 

1997-98 Screenplay for Birdsong, optioned by Todd Sidwell, Los Angeles. Agent: Mike Wise, Los Angeles.  

Family Circle, 3 act play, workshop production on a Shubert grant at Brown University, 1973.

Broadside, 3 act play, workshop production in NY, l972.

 

Software

Fiction Writing Program, with R. V. Cassill (Brown University) and Sylvan Karchmer (University of Houston). Software Teacher. Distributed by Projected Learning Systems, new edition, 2003. (used in approxmiately 500 schools, colleges and secondary)

 

Professional Activities 

Founding President of the Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers (an organization of writer/teachers from over 100 Southeastern colleges) 1992

Founding President of the Texas Association of  Creative Writing Teachers (a writer/teacher organization of over 120 colleges)  

2000 Program Chair, Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers

1999  Newsletter Editor, Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers

1999  Host, GCACWT annual meeting, Fairhope, Alabama.

1994-7 Board Member, Executive Committee, Alabama Writer's Forum (Fiction Representative)

1993  Literature Panel, Alabama State Council on the Arts (Also served on this panel in 1989)

1980- International Editorial Board, Translation Review , ALTA    

1980-82  Judge, Best Book Awards, Los Angeles Times' annual literary awards

1976-77  Member, National Editorial Board, Associated Writing Programs

1978      Board Member, Down Center Stage, Original Productions, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas, Texas

1976 Head, Creative Writing Section, Conference of College Teachers of  English, Texas

1975 Head, National Council of Teachers of English, Western division               (previously,  program chairman, keynote speaker)

Readings (Fiction) at University of California, Riverside; Texas Tech University; UT Austin, Georgetown University, Auburn, University of New Orleans, many others. Faculty, summer writing programs such as San Antonio Writers Rally, the Southwest Writers Conference (University of  Houston), UNO, Montevallo University, others.

Served on panels and presented papers at Associated Writing Programs, Conference of College Teachers of English; Alabama College English Teachers Association; Independent Schools of America; American Literary Translators Association; Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers; Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers, Midwest MLA, others.

“What a delight even if a difficult delight! it must have been to write it!” Gwendolyn Brooks

“A poignant reenactment of a rite of passage, fragile and joyous as the title.” Library Journal.

“Birdsong is a small masterpiece of emotional precision, moving, simple, beautifully written.” John Clellon Holmes

“It’s beautifully done…I admire the simplicity and naturalness of the writing and especially the importance given to each of the neighbors and relatives whom Dewey meets on his wedding day.” Anne Tyler

“Touching, deceptively simple…Mr. White captures precisely the essence of small realities, the reality of dreams.” Sunday Telgraph

 

"The Persian Oven is highly successful and even more individual than his first novel, Birdsong. His convictions make him a writer who goes his own way." Times Literary Supplement