To paraphrase Charlie Chaplin, I've always considered myself to be a bit of a tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, always hopeful of romance and adventure. I'm a New York state native, an unabashed lover of anything noir, and I'm the founding editor of Hobo Camp Review, a literary magazine celebrating the traveling word. I'm a writer of poetry, short stories, essays, and novels.  

After graduating with a creative writing degree from Southern Vermont College in Bennington, VT, I took to the road and traversed the long stretches of highway between Maine and California, Mexico and Montreal, finding moments of respite in book shops, all-night cafes, and train station platforms. Along the way I worked as a landscaper, drove a snow plow, painted houses, slept through overnight security jobs, toiled as a chef, and held a few handyman jobs before transitioning to wordsmith positions at trade publishers, newspapers, as a writer for American Artist magazine, and as an acquisitions editor for Writer's Digest Books, where I worked with bestselling authors like Chuck Wendig, Elizabeth Sims, and Mort Castle, and I also contributed to the writing advice blog series, "There Are No Rules," and occasionally wrote feature articles and interviews for Writer's Digest magazine.


Twice nominated for the Best of the Net award and once for the Pushcart Prize for my poetry, I am the author of a dozen collections of poetry and fiction, and I've appeared in such magazines as Apt, Pulp Modern, Red Fez, Plainsongs, Reed Magazine, The Homestead Review, The Battered Suitcase, Plain Spoke, San Pedro River Review, Up the Staircase, The Aurorean, Poetry Salzburg Review, and Gutter Eloquence Magazine, among many others. A more complete list of publication credits is listed in the "Published Works" section of this website.

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Email: jamesnyduncan [at] gmail [dot] com