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