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Name:  James Plath  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1950 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Plath was born in Chicago and is a Professor of English and chair of the English Department with the Department of English at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. He has lived in Illinois from 1950-68 and 1988-present.

Biographical and Professional Information

Plath has a broad background as a writer, editor, teacher, and scholar. He has published poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, celebrity interviews, and literary criticism. He is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. He's served on the literature panel of the Illinois Arts Council and Indiana Arts Commission, he directed the Hemingway Days Writers' Workshop & Conference in Key West for ten years, he's served as a contest judge for both poetry and fiction, and he published the award-winning Clockwatch Review (a journal of the arts) for 16 years. Plath is a former Fulbright teaching scholar at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. He is also a frequent speaker and occasional keynoter at writers conferences, schools, and universities. He is currently Professor of English and chair of the English Department at Illinois Wesleyan University, as well as the managing editor of He is also President of The John Updike Society, member of The Society of Midland Authors, past president of the Illinois College Press Association.

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