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Bio: James Hall's poetry collection Prairie Roots will be released later 2024 by Shanti Arts Publishing. His poems have appeared in, Front Porch Review, Blood and Thunder, The Stratford Quarterly, Love in the Time of Covid, Deep Overstock and others. He is a physician, writer and author of Poetic Ponderings column in magazine Wilmette Living.

 

Praise for Prairie Roots 
 
"Thank you so much, Dr. Hall. I wanted to tell you how much I like your poem To a Father Dying Young. It's really such a fine poem. I really liked it, and I'm not just being polite." 
-Angela Jackson, Illinois Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominee. Winner of Poetry Foundation's 2022 Ruth Lilly Lifetime Achievement awards for poetry.
 
Prairie Roots is a reminder of the fact that love is never truly lost.
Daisuke Shen, author of Vague Predictions & Prophecies
 
"You're holding is a magical trip to Delavan, Illinois at the turn of the 20th century. Go back to a time when life and days were simpler but harder, and most of all, where family is everything."
Mary Beth Bretzlauf, President, Illinois State Poetry Society
 
"I was charmed by this collection. "Prairie Roots"— documenting a vanishing way of life, a smalltown, rural Midwestern sensibility, landscape, worldview—the idea of America, front-and-center." TJ Beitelman author of In Order to Form a More Perfect Union and Americana,   
 
"Prairie Roots book is an act of tender reclamation. Read these poems and let your heart melt, your smile break out wide."
Judyth Hill, author of the internationally acclaimed poem, Wage Peace.
 
"James Hall's Prairie Roots is a beautifully written and powerful collection that is grounded in family myth and reality in a deeply captivating way."
Caitlin Jans, founding editor of Authors Publish Magazine and the co-founder of The Poetry Marathon.


"This book sparks such joy! Such depth of heart and richness of story!"
Judyth Hill, author of the internationally acclaimed poem, Wage Peace.
 
"Part document, part poetic exploration of the power of the past, Hall's collection casts a spell over anyone eager to remember."
Meghan Sterling. Author of Ghosts of the Diaspora and View from a Borrowed Field
 
"James Hall's Prairie Roots is a vibrant, unforgettable tapestry of time and memory."
Daisuke Shen, author of Vague Predictions & Prophecies
 
"It's the voice of these poems—earnest, sincere, joyous, loving—that sustains the collection."
TJ Beitelman author of three collections of poetry: In Order to Form a More Perfect Union, Americana, and This Is the Story of His Life.
 
"I found myself laughing, sighing and even wiping a tear as I turned these pages."
Mary Beth Bretzlauf, President, Illinois State Poetry Society