James J. Siegel

James J. Siegel is a San Francisco-based poet and literary arts organizer. He is the host and curator of the popular monthly Literary Speakeasy show at Martuni’s piano bar. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, his first poetry collection, How Ghosts Travel, was inspired and fueled by his coming of age in the Midwest and was a finalist for an Ohioana Book Award. He was a scholarship recipient to the Antioch Writers’ Workshop in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and his poems have been featured in a number of journals including The Cortland ReviewBorderlands: Texas Poetry ReviewAssaracusThe Fourth RiverHIV Here & NowThe Good Men Project, and more. He was also featured in the anthology Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men On Their Muses.