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 past and upcoming poetry, fiction and nonfiction are 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 a Master’s degree in Rhetoric and Composition Pedagogy from DePaul University and is completing an MFA in Creative Writing at Northwestern University. His MFA thesis is a crime novel, loosely based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
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