Mitch James was born and raised in Central Illinois, where he received a BA in English with a minor in Creative Writing from Eastern Illinois University. He received a Master’s in Literature and a Ph.D. in Composition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He’s had fiction and poetry published in Decomp, Underground Voices, Kill Author, Digital Americana and Blue Earth Review among others, and his academic book, Fiction Writing, What’s Rhetoric Got To Do With It, is forthcoming with Multi-Lingual Matters Press. Most recently, Mitch’s chapbook of fiction The Cut Worm was released by Underground Voices Press, and he has a short story forthcoming in Calliope Magazine. Mitch lives in northeast Ohio, where he’s an Assistant Professor of Composition and Literature at Lakeland Community College.