Chair, Creative Writing and Literature
James Reich is the author of three novels MISTAH KURTZ! (Anti-Oedipus Press, March 2016), BOMBSHELL (July 2013), and I, JUDAS (October 2011) published by Soft Skull Press. He is a member of PEN American Center, and the International Association of Crime Writers: North America. His short fiction and non-fiction has been published by The Rumpus, Fiction Advocate, Salon.com, The Nervous Breakdown, Bold Type Magazine, Sensitive Skin, International Times, LitroNY, Headzine, Sleeping Fish, and others. In 2015, he was commissioned to write the foreword to Barry N. Malzberg’s BEYOND APOLLO, winner of the inaugural John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, and also contributed a critical essay to DEEP ENDS: THE J.G. BALLARD ANTHOLOGY 2015. He specializes in the teaching of fiction writing, modernism, postmodernism, and posthumanism, in addition to critical histories of science fiction, postwar-punk literature and culture, gothic and avant-garde texts. James was born in England in 1971, and has been a resident of the US since 2009. He is represented by Lippincott, Massie, McQuilkin literary agents. He began teaching at SFUAD in 2011, and is working on his fourth novel.
James is a founding member of the band Venus Bogardus (“Literate post-punk” The Wire; “World class” BBC Radio) with vinyl and CD releases on independent record labels in the US and UK. He has played hundreds of live shows in the UK, Europe and US from Glastonbury Festival to the Bowery Poetry Club (NYC) and The Viper Room (LA). Named after a character created by pioneer of lesbian pulp fiction Ann Bannon, the band has collaborated with international artists including Stanley Donwood (Radiohead), Jean-Luc Bitton, and David Ohle. James has also provided original music for films by Todd Verow (Tumbledown; The Endless Possibility of Sky) and Grammy nominee Jon Moritsugu.