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Poet, Author

James Morehead is the Poet Laureate of Dublin, California, author of “canvas: poems” and “portraits of red and gray: memoir poems“, and he hosts The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast. James’ poem “tethered” was transformed into an award-winning hand drawn animated short film, and “gallery” was set to music for baritone and piano.

contact: dublinpoetlaureate@gmail.com


BOOKS

portraits of red and gray: memoir poems

“The vulnerability and humanity expressed in these poems is moving.”Angie Trudell Vasquez, Poet Laureate – Madison, WI

“The rhythmic control is impeccable. The centerpiece of this collection, a long series of poems that chronicle a trip through the former Soviet Union, is a fast moving, impressionistic feast of imagery.– Carmine Di Biase, Distinguished Professor of English, Emeritus – Jacksonville State University

canvas: poems

“To read canvas is to be transported to a world infused with meaning and memory.” – Morgan Liphart, poet and author of Barefoot and Running

“These are poems to be savored, re-read, kept handy for those times when only poetry will do.”W. J. T. Mitchell, Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor, English and Art History, University of Chicago


EVENTS

Upcoming events featuring James Morehead in person and virtually


PODCAST

Where does a poem come from? How does an image, a sound, an emotion, an experience, the spark of an idea, become a poem? The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast explores the art of poetry through interviews with poets and artists, and special features. Hear poets including Olivia Gatwood and Regina Harris Baiocchi, artists including Kari Byron and animator-director Gaia Alari, and more. Subscribe today.


FILM

Gaia Alari (Animator-Director) and James Morehead (Producer, Writer, Narrator) team up to bring the poem “tethered” to life with the magic of traditional animation. The poem is a selection from Morehead’s debut book “canvas”. “tethered” features 2D animation created from 750 drawings.


PERFORMANCES

James Morehead reading “canvas” from “canvas: poems”
James Morehead reading “crush” from “canvas: poems”
James Morehead reading “ghosts of bodie, california”
World Premiere of “gallery” (poem by James Morehead, music by Deon Nielsen Price)
World Premiere of “petals in haiku” (poem by James Morehead, music by Yuko Asada)
Poetically Live on NPR WNIJ (February 2022)

WEBCASTS


PLACEMENTS

“dissolving in the gallery” in Beyond Words Literary Magazine (March 2022)

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