James Plath

James Plath has a broad background as a writer, editor, teacher, and scholar. He has published poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, celebrity interviews, and literary criticism. As a film critic who posts over 300 reviews per year, he is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. His involvement in the literary scene is just as broad. He’s served on the literature panel of the Illinois Arts Council and Indiana Arts Commission, he directed the Hemingway Days Writers’ Workshop & Conference in Key West for ten years, he’s served as a contest judge for both poetry and fiction, and he published the award-winning Clockwatch Review (a journal of the arts) for 16 years. A former Fulbright teaching scholar at the University of the West Indies in Barbados, Plath is a frequent speaker and occasional keynoter at writers conferences, schools, and universities. He is currently Professor of English and chair of the English Department at Illinois Wesleyan University, as well as the managing editor of DVDTown.com.


Historic Photos of Ernest Hemingway. Nashville: Turner Publishing Co., 2009.
Remembering Ernest Hemingway. With Frank Simons. Key West: The Ketch & Yawl Press, 1999.
Conversations with John Updike. Ed. with introduction. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1994.Courbet, on the Rocks, poems. Fox River Grove, Ill.: White Eagle Coffee Store Press, 1994.

Select Anthologies

“Counternarrative: An Interview with Ann Beattie.” Conversations with Ann Beattie. Ed. Dawn Trouard. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2007. 111-39.

“Standing in the Reception Line at the Wedding of My Ex-Wife” and “The Boy Who Would Be God” [poems]. Where We Live: Illinois Poets. Ed. Kathleen Kirk. Greatunpublished.com Title No. 863, 2003. 42-44.

“Ringbang Theory,” “The Colonizers Return,” “Island” [poems]. Imported Breads: Literature of Cultural Exchange. Ed. Phillip Sterling. Mammoth Press, 2003. 219-23.

“21 Tweaks to a Better Tale.” The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing. Ed. Meg Leder and Jack Heffron. Cincinatti, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 2002. 228-34.

“Hemingway, Ernest.” The New Book of Knowledge. New York: Grolier Educational Press, 2001. 107.

“Poetic Leaps & Movements.” With Zarina Mullan Plath. The Writer’s Handbook 2001. Ed. Sylvia K. Burack. Waukesha, Wis.: Kalmbach Publishing Co., 2001. 344-48.

“Shadow Rider: The Hemingway Hero as Western Archetype.” Hemingway and the Natural World. Ed. Robert Fleming. Moscow: Univ. of Idaho Press, 1999. 69-86.

“Giving the Devil His Due: Leeching and Edification of Spirit in The Scarlet Letter and The Witches of Eastwick.” John Updike and Religion: The Sense of the Sacred and the Motions of Grace. Ed. James O. Yerkes. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1999. 208-27.

“Verbal Vermeer: Updike’s Middle-Class Portraiture.” Rabbit Tales: Poetry and Politics in John Updike’s “Rabbit” Novels. Ed. Lawrence R. Broer. Tuscaloosa: Univ. of Alabama Press, 1998. 207-230.

The Sun Also Rises as ‘A Greater Gatsby’: ‘Isn’t it pretty to think so?'” French Connections: Hemingway and Fitzgerald Abroad. Ed. Jackson Bryer and J. Gerald Kennedy. New York: St. Martin’s, 1998. 257-75.

“Getting Started in the Little and Literary Magazines.” The Writer’s Handbook 1993. Ed. Sylvia K. Burack. Boston: The Writer Press, Inc., 1993. 558-562.

“Standing in the Reception Line at the Wedding of My Ex-Wife” [poem]. Men of Our Time: An Anthology of Male Poetry in Contemporary America. Ed. Fred Moramarco and Al Zolynas. Athens: Univ. of Georgia Press, 1992. 322-323.


Ketch & Yawl Press

Turner Publishing Co.

DVD Town