James Berg is jamesfromtheusa


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James & James Go Camping
Episode Three of the Trilogy
Video by Hyland the Human — February 2022 — Chain O Lakes, IL

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Backpacking with James & James
Video by Hyland the Human — May 2021 — Sand Ridge, IL

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Snow Camping with James & James
Video by Hyland the Human — February 2021 — Chain O Lakes, IL

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“Rudyboy” at Rush Bar
Partial clip of original song — January 2020 — Paris, France

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“Shot in the Dark” — original song performed at Au Chat Noir
(composed in collaboration with Paul Priest)
Spoken Word Paris — July 2019 — Paris, France

Paris Lit Up at Culture Rapide — July 2019 — Paris, France

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WED NIGHT LIVE MUSIC

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“Toe to Toe” at The Workshop Brewery
Here:Say Storytelling — May 21, 2018 — Traverse City, MI

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“See My Face” — original song performed at Au Chat Noir
(composed in collaboration with Matt Robinson of Old Shoe)
Spoken Word Paris — July 2017 — Paris, France

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“Reunion” at The Workshop Brewery
Here:Say Storytelling — May 2017 — Traverse City, MI

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“Trouble” — feature set of original songs and stories at Le Bistrot des Artistes
Open Secret — August 2016 — Paris, France (Audio engineer: Paul Priest)

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“Trouble” — original song performed at Au Chat Noir
(composed in collaboration with Matt Robinson of Old Shoe)
Spoken Word Paris — July 2016 — Paris, France

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“House of Peace” — original song performed at Au Chat Noir
(Composed in collaboration with Paul Priest of Old Shoe)
Spoken Word Paris — July 2016 — Paris, France

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“Passport” — featured performance at InsideOut Gallery
Here: Say Storytelling — March 2016 — Traverse City, MI

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About

Dividing his time between the United States and France, James Berg performs as a poet, storyteller and musician. Often collaborative, his songwriting has been produced by Americana folk/rock musicians and was included on Old Shoe’s Family, named by WXRT as best Chicago album of the year. James’s poetry, fiction and nonfiction have been available in Paris at Shakespeare & Company bookshop through Spoken Word Paris and Paris Lit Up publications. James teaches college rhetoric, literature, grammar, composition and creative writing previously as department Coordinator at The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago and presently with the City Colleges of Chicago. James has an MA in Rhetoric and Composition Pedagogy from DePaul University and recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Northwestern University. During the pandemic, he’s been teaching and recording music from home and occasionally volunteering his time to Poems While You Wait to benefit Rose Metal Press, a literary publication based in Chicago.

Photo by Sabine Dundure