D. James Smith

D. James Smith lives in California, where he studied with poet Philip Levine. A recipient of a fellowship in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, his work appears frequently in literary magazines, most recently, The Amherst Review, New Millennium Writings, the Notre Dame Review, and Stand. His previous books include a collection of poems, Prayers for the Dead Ventriloquist, and an adult novel, My Brother's Passion.

His novels for younger readers are Fast Company and his first book about Paolo and friends, The Boys of San Joaquin.

Books by this Author

It Was September When We Ran Away the First Time
Probably the World's Best Story About a Dog and th
The Boys of San Joaquin

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Everyday be of service to others and yourself.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd like to meet St. Peter and ask if the apostles told jokes and what would have been an example of one? Surely these young Jewish guys in dire straits had to have used humor. Just as surely the literary sensibility of the day would not have seen it as helpful to getting out a message that was deadly serious.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. I don't think I have a favorite.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. To stick with something past any reason.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. To lose a sense of wonder about the world.

Author Voices

February 13, 2012

I'm busy finishing up a book of poetry for publication. I have lots of ideas for some books for teens though they are in the note-making stage. I spend most of my time right now working as a teacher with students in an alternative high school. I really am absorbed by this work and the huge problems these kids must face every day. I would like to get some writing done about them at some point in the future. What little spare time I have I spend with my wife and/or our German shepherd dog. He was an abused dog we adopted and have worked hard to socialize. He has come so very far. He is calm now and trusting and lives quietly indoors with us when we are... see more