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Poet, Author, Podcast Host

James Morehead is the Poet Laureate of Dublin, California, author of canvas: poems, portraits of red and gray: memoir poems, The Plague Doctor, and he hosts The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast. James’ poem “tethered” was transformed into an award-winning hand drawn animated short film, “Twilight in the Sculpture Forest” into a short film, and “gallery” was set to music for baritone and piano. James is a member of the American Academy of Poets, California State Poetry Society, Tri-Valley Writers, and AWP.



The Plague Doctor (in three acts)

A mesmerizing collection of eerie, image-rich poems that explore the fleeting nature of existence and friendship, inspired by the world of art and artists.

“James Morehead’s poetry pulses with vibrant detail. In this new collection Morehead has created a vivid document that captures what it means to be perpetually inspired by the world in all its facets.”Tina Cane, Poet Laureate of Rhode Island

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

James Morehead’s books are also available in select libraries:


Upcoming events featuring James Morehead in person and virtually:

  • Wed Dec 13 – Poetry & Pizza Open Mic #15 at Mountain Mike’s (Dublin, CA)
  • Mon Jan 8 – 10:30am – 12pm – Poetry Circle – Orinda Books (Orinda, CA)
  • Mar 16-17 – TBC – St. Patrick’s Day Festival (Dublin, CA)
  • Sat Apr 27 – 10am – 12pm – Haiku Festival 20th Anniversary (Chicago, IL)


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, Safia Elhillo, Yanyi, and Regina Harris Baiocchi, and more. Subscribe today.


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.

James Morehead (Writer-Director) and Brad Brown (Videographer-Editor) team up to bring the poem “Twilight in the Sculpture Forest” to life, on location, at the Haliburton Sculpture Forest.

Twilight in the Sculpture Forest was awarded Best Documentary at the International Poetry Film Festival.


James Morehead reading “canvas” from “canvas: poems”
James Morehead night of poetry performance at the Dwight Library (Ontario, Canada)
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)
James Morehead with Kate Moore and Ivan Hobson at Rakestraw Books (September 2022)
An excerpt from a presentation on poetry to the Rotary Club of Dublin, CA


Performance at Lit Balm Aug 2023



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