Evan James

"Life often feels overwhelmingly absurd and viscerally meaningful at the same time. I wanted to write from that feeling."

Evan James is the award-winning writer of critically acclaimed personal essays and fiction. In 2017, he received a fellowship from the Lambda Literary Writers’ Retreat, where he was an Emerging LGBTQ Voices Fellow.

Evan is the author of I’ve Been Wrong Before: Essays and Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe: A Novel. His essay “A Role I Was Born to Play” was recently read by Tan France of Netflix’s Queer Eye for The New York Times’ Modern Love podcast. Praising Evan, Leslie Jamison says, “Reading the essays of Evan James is like getting trapped in an elevator with the most entrancing stranger you’ve ever met. It’s the radiant company you didn’t even know you needed until the world graced you with it.”

Evan received an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and fellowships from Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Carson McCullers Center, The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, and The University of Iowa. An editor-at-large for The Iowa Review, he recently put together a special portfolio of surrealistic art and writing, “Americana Fantastica,” for the Winter 2019/20 issue.

He has taught at The University of Iowa, The Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, and Victoria University of Wellington. Born in Seattle, he now lives in New York and teaches creative writing at Pierrepont School in Westport, Connecticut.

Adrienne Raphel discusses "Thinking Inside the Box" with Evan James

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