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Writer. Educator. Runner

JAMES STEWART III

Welcome to my website. As a professional Writer, I aim to create a better understanding of the world and our place in it. Read some of my work below, including published articles and short stories.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Writer

James Stewart III is a Black writer from Chicago. His short stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Forge, 580 Split, Hawai Pacific Review, Pangyrus, Cleaver, and Another Chicago Magazine. In addition, he is a co-curator of the text-based performance series The Guild Complex presents Exhibit B. He earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA from North Central College. Stewart is currently shopping his unpublished novel manuscript, Defiant Acts, about a multi-racial working-class family's daily struggles and the costs they pay for loving each other.
 

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PROJECTS

Defiant Acts

A Novel (Unpublished)

Defiant Acts is Stewart's unpublished manuscript, a work of literary auto-fiction that explores the lives of a mixed-race, working-class family and how the parents struggle to maintain the illusion of stability while living paycheck to paycheck in the early '90s. At its heart, this is a novel of values, the value of hope, sacrifice for others, the everyday strength it takes to fight for those you love, and the work it takes to build a home.

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Critics' Union

What would a criticism that critiques the critics look like?

Founded in 2018 on the campus of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Critics’ Union reimagines the role of the public editor. Acknowledging the decline of ombudsman positions throughout the country, while recognizing that opinion-makers hold more influence over the public interest than reporters, our magazine, essentially, critiques the critics.

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The Guild Complex presents Exhibit B

Bi-Monthly Reading Series

Exhibit B is an experimental performance series featuring accessible, multimodal art by diverse, community conscious artists in Chicago and beyond. Exhibit B is presented by the Guild Literary Complex, a 30-year-old grassroots literary arts organization, and curated by J. Howard Rosier, James Stewart III, Ian Wojcikiewicz, and Alex Wells Shapiro.

Find out more about them on their Facebook page or their Youtube channel.

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MASTER OF FINE ARTS - CREATIVE WRITING: SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

Sept. 2016 - May 2018

MASTER OF LIBERAL ARTS - NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE

Sept. 2011-May 2013

BACHELOR OF ARTS - COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO

January 2006-Dec. 2010

MANAGING EDITOR - CRITICS' UNION

2018-Present

CO-CURATOR - THE GUILD COMPLEX PRESENTS EXHIBIT B

2020-Present

SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASSROOM PARAPROFFESIONAL - EVANSTON TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL

October 2019-Present

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SUBSTITUTE TEACHER - EVANSTON/SKOKIE SCHOOL DISTRICT 65

August 2016 - January 2019

LECTURER (BLACK WRITING FROM CHICAGO) - SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

FA Semester 2017

SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER'S ASSISTANT - EVANSTON/SKOKIE SCHOOL DISTRICT 65

September 2015-August 2016

SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER'S ASSISTANT-INDIAN PRAIRIE DISTRICT 204 – METEA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, AURORA, IL

2014-2015

 

RECENT ESSAYS AND SHORT STORIES

 

Flooding

Another Chicago Magazine, 2020

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North Dakota '84

Cowboy Jamboree, FA 2020

White Grass

"Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words."

Ursula K. Le Guin

 
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GET IN TOUCH

One of the greatest perks of my job is getting feedback and interacting with readers. Contact me if you’ve got any comments or questions for me, I’d love to hear from you.

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