A native New Yorker, James Penha has lived for the past quarter-century in Indonesia. In the photograph, he is opening The Great Gatsby Anthology on his iPad Kindlle app in a jungle near his home on Java. “Jack” (as he is known to his friends) has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes in fiction and in poetry.Snakes and Angels, a collection of his adaptations of classic Indonesian folk tales, won the 2009 Cervena Barva Press fiction chapbook contest; No Bones to Carry, a volume of his poetry, earned the 2007 New Sins Press Editors’ Choice Award. Penha edits The New Verse News, an online journal of current-events poetry.
PHOTO: James Penha reading the Kindle version of THE GREAT GATSBY ANTHOLOGY in Tangerang on Java in Indonesia. James contributed his poem “Nick Carraway Out in Three” to the collection.