James Sale Poetry

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The Poet

James has been writing poetry for 50 years now and has been extensively involved in many aspects of it, as well as writing it. His most recent collection is HellWard.

He has performed his poetry at small and large, formal and informal venues in the UK and more recently at Bryant Park, New York and The Princeton Club in Manhattan.

He has run poetry and writing workshops and organised major poetry events, including Poetry Carnival UK in 1985 reaching 4000 people.

James has also been heavily involved in publishing poetry. He was a co-founder and director of the KQBX Press, which published dozens of poets before it closed in the late 90s. He has adjudicated many poetry competitions, including for The Society of Classical Poets. He has been extensively published in writing poetry books for UK schools; many of these, co-written with his friend, David Orme. These books were very successful and went to three volumes: The Poetry Show (Macmillan) and Poetry Street (Longmans) being great examples.

More recently his poems have appeared in the UK in many magazines. In 2018 he won 1st Prize in The Society of Classical Poets (New York) Annual Poetry Essay Competition and was invited to join their Advisory Board. He has had over 500 blogs published, many on literary themes and reviews, online as well as in magazines. Since 2018 he has been a regular feature writer on culture for New York’s The Epoch Times.

His poems and literary work have appeared in the UK:

Bright Star Anthology – Poems by and about John Keats, Winchester County Council

Dawntreader, The

Heavenly Hymns: the 10th International Collection of English Poems




Little Word Machine, The


New Hope International


PN Review

Quaker News and Views

Schools Poetry Review, The

Terrible Work

Third Half, The

Towards Wholeness

You Are Not Alone (Anthology, Storgy, 2020)

In 2017 there was a 2-week exhibition of his work at The Hatch Gallery, Christchurch

In 2018 his poetry was included in a 2-week art exhibition (‘Unveiling Souls’) at The Gallery Upstairs, Upton Park, Poole

In the USA and Canada:

Ancient Paths Literary Magazine

Anglo Theological Review

Art Times Journal, The

Bible Advocate

Epoch Times (New York)

Honest Rust and Gold: A Second Collection of Prose and Poetry

Lowestoft Chronicle

Midwest Review of Books

New Book Review, The

New Poetry

October Hill Magazine

Society of Classical Poets, The

Unchained Muse, The

Second Prize in The Society of Classical Poets annual Competition 2015

First Prize in The Society of Classical Poets annual Competition 2017

Prose Award First Place: “Poetry and the Muses” Parts 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4