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 their Consolidated Youth Project Director. In this capacity, they oversee the agency’s federal Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) Consolidated Youth Grant, providing prevention & intervention services for youth & young adults (ages 13-24) who have experienced domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, &/or stalking.

James also serves as Board Co-Chair 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 working on a collection of non-fiction 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, & 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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