Arts Resume

I’m James P McNamara


As a Hip Hop journalist,  I gained recognition and respect for my profile pieces on emerging artists. I learned on the job how to balance deadlines with narrative quality, and what audiences respond to within the regional culture scene.  As a writer of poetry, I actively pursue the next plateau in my creative endeavors wherever that leads.

Magazine History

February 2013 – April 2016

Demencha Magazine – Contributing Writer

  • Wrote nearly 150 articles ranging anywhere from 100 to 2000 words.
  • Wrote about life on public transit in the Out Here In Car Country column
  • Focused on emerging hip hop culture as grew organically in this region of the Midwest

April 2014

Instrumental Magazine – Contributing Writer

  • 3 essays on Kansas City life for the Scottish culture magazine

Publishing History

– May 2017

Poems From The Turn Around, Spartan PressPOP Poetry Release, 50 selected poems

– January 2017

Desolate Country: we the poets, united, against trump, 39 West Press – One Selected Poem

– July 2015

Kawsmouth Literary Journal – Two Selected Poems

–  2013 Seraphemera Books

Garbanzo Literary Journal – Selected Poem

–  2012

Kawsmouth Literary Journal – Two Selected Poems

–  2012

The Parking Lots Go On Forever – Ten Poems

  • Self Published in collaboration with La Cucaracha Press

Other Endeavors


Well, He’s Dead – Fringe Festival production, Unicorn Theater main stage, co-written with Kevin King and Chloe Robbins


Along The Line – Two 1 minute plays, Fishtank Theater


Dirty Birdie Story Hour– Headlining Storyteller for the now infamous story telling showcase.


Descending Aspect– A commissioned poem partnered with, and inspired by, Neil Goss’ Vines of Passion public art installation in downtown Kansas City. Also, featured in the mini-documentary about Goss.


GridMadeMortal – Spoken Word Electronic EP


Talking To No ONe: A Ghost Story – 2 Act Play, Fishtank Theater


Rant & Rave -Month of March Headlining Poet, One Night Only.

Achievements & Honors


Artist Inc Fellow – rigorous arts development course focusing on finances and artistic growth.


Charlotte Street Writer In Residence –  One of six writers chosen from over 100 applicants to develop their craft in the prestigious downtown Kansas City residency.