14045542_10101395717468064_8530749349655209440_nJames Shultis (they/them pronouns) is a poet & social activist who divides their time between creative writing, speaking engagements, & non-profit work.

James currently works at the YWCA of Western Massachusetts as Director of Parent & Youth Services. In this role, they oversee the agency’s self-sufficiency programs for youth & families including Children Who Witness Violence; Young Parent Services; & the Springfield Youth Project. Each of these programs are tailored to provide prevention & intervention services to either youth, young adults, caregivers, &/or other family members who have experienced either domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, &/or stalking. James’ responsibilities include but are not limited to the management of state and federal grant contracts, program development, & oversight of internal professional development. In a previous capacity, James served as the agency’s Youth Project Director for the Springfield Youth Project team.

James also serves as an Ex-Officio Board Member for the New York Capital Region Chapter of GLSEN.

Previously, James served as Director of Programs at the Pride Center of the Capital Region, the country’s oldest, continuously running LGBTQA+ community center. James also worked as the agency’s Youth Program Manager, providing oversight for all youth services including trainings to K-12 schools, leadership development, & supportive services aimed at improving the lives of LGBTQA+ youth (ages 18 & under).

James holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens College (2010) & a BA in English Literature & Gender Studies from Hunter College (2008). They previously served as Editor-In-Chief as well as Poetry Editor for Ozone Park Journal, a new journal of creative writing sponsored by Queens College. Their work has appeared in print & online journals including: Hematopoiesis PressUp the RiverMud Luscious Press, The Scrambler, Women Studies Quarterly (through Feminist Press), AlexZineFarmhouse Magazine & Next Door Magazine. James’ is excited about a forthcoming non-fiction publication about their work in K-12 schools with LGBTQA+ youth.

James also does freelance training and education work for K-12 schools & youth-serving organizations. Topics range from LGBTQA+ & Trans 101s, better practices, compliance with local/federal legislation, racial equity, diversity, inclusion, & more. Check out their education page for additional info.

To drop James a friendly line, email is best (shultis.james@gmail.com).

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