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James Plath

Born: 1950 in Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: 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.

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

James Plath on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Historic photos of Ernest Hemingway /
ISBN: 1596525169 OCLC: 262883774

Turner Pub. Co., Nashville, Tenn. : ©2009.

Presents biographical text and historic photographs of American novelist Ernest Hemingway.