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James P. Lenfestey

After a career in academia, advertising and journalism as an editorial writer at the Minneapolis StarTribune, where he won several Page One awards for excellence, James P. Lenfestey has published poetry, reviews and articles.

Since 2000, he has published a book of personal essays, five poetry collections, and edited two popular poetry anthologies, LOW DOWN AND COMING ON: A FEAST OF DELICIOUS AND DANGEROUS POEMS ABOUT PIGS (Red Dragonfly Press, 2010) and IF BEES ARE FEW: A HIVE OF BEE POEMS (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2016), and co-edited a collection of essays on the life and career of Robert Bly, ROBERT BLY IN THIS WORLD (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

His memoir, SEEKING THE CAVE: A PILGRIMAGE TO COLD MOUNTAIN (Milkweed Editions, 2014) was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.

Lenfestey chairs the Literary Witnesses poetry program in Minneapolis and teaches poetry every summer at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. As a journalist he has covered and spoken about climate science since 1988.

He is available as a speaker on poetry, the arts and the interior life, and the politics of climate change, for groups in and out of prison.

He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, the political writer Susan Lenfestey. They have four children and eight grandchildren. His website is

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