James K. Zimmerman is a widely-published, award-winning poet.  You can purchase his book of poetry, “Little Miracles”, from Passager Books here.  “Little Miracles” is also available on Amazon here.  If you prefer, you can purchase “Little Miracles” directly through PayPal for $18 (including shipping within the US) by clicking this link:  PayPal

James K. Zimmerman’s second book of poetry, “Family Cookout”, is the winner of the Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Competition from The Comstock Review.  You can purchase “Family Cookout” directly for $14 (including shipping within the US) by clicking this link:   PayPalIt is also available on eBay if you prefer —  eBay — and on Amazon here — Amazon

Both books are also available at The Village Bookstore, 10 Washington St., Pleasantville NY 10570 and at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, 141 Front St., Brooklyn, NY 11201.  Please support your local independent book store!


January, 2019: Two of JKZ’s poems, “Kasyapa” and “Education,” have been published online at Tipton Poetry Journal. You can access them here: Tipton Poetry Journal #39

July, 2018: JKZ’s poem, “Listen to the Deer Tick Sing,” has been published online by “American Life in Poetry,” a site curated by Ted Kooser, US Poet Laureate from 2004-2006. This is a persona poem (i.e., written in the first person, but from the point of view of an individual other than the author). The page also includes commentary on the poem by Ted Kooser. Here’s the link: Deer Tick

July, 2018: In December, 2017, JKZ’s poem, “Fog on the 180 (Kings Canyon)” won the Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry from Reed Magazine. Here’s the link to the Contest Winners page, which includes commentary on “Fog” by the contest’s judge, Ellen Bass:  Reed   And here’s a link directly to the poem itself: “Fog”

Ellen Bass’s commentary on “Fog”:

“James K. Zimmerman’s “Fog on the 180 (Kings Canyon)” is a haunting poem. Its language, with its repetitions and paradoxes, skillfully evokes the fog and captures the experience of seeing trees emerge from the mist. This well-chosen diction, along with the music of the lines, creates a feeling of mystery that matches its theme. From its intriguing opening stanza (to begin with/there is nothing there/to begin with), I was carried along effortlessly, again matching the travel in the poem. It was a pleasure to choose “Fog on the 180 (Kings Canyon)” as the winner of this year’s Reed Magazine Edwin Markham Poetry Award.”

July, 2018: Four of JKZ’s poems are published online by Adelaide Magazine. All of them are “travel” poems, one of which is a persona poem.  Here’s the link: Adelaide

November, 2017: Four poems are published in The Worcester Review — Vol. XXXVIII, #1&2. Copies can be purchased on the journal’s website. You can read one of the poems, “Watching the Film About Robert Bly,” here: Bly. And this is the link to the journal home page:  The Worcester Review

October, 2017: James K. Zimmerman won the Pat Schneider Award from Amherst Writers & Artists. He participated in a reading sponsored by AWA in Amherst, MA, and the poem, “Wild Mushrooms,” has been published in Peregrine. Here’s the link: Amherst W&A

September, 2017: Two more poem have been posted by Bibliotekos, in their “Poems of Witness” series. One addresses violence and hate crimes against people of color; the other speaks to the genocide of Rohingya people in Myanmar. The link: Poems of Witness

December, 2016:  Six poems and one short prose piece have been published on Bibliotekos as part of their “Protest Series” — a group of writings addressing current sociocultural and political issues in the US.  Here are the links: Bibliotekos Protest Series and More Protest Series.  You can read one of the posted poems, “Hero Worship”, below.

May, 2016: “Family Cookout”, the title poem of the book, has been posted as a featured poem in the May issue of Winning Writers.  Here’s the link:  Winning Writers

And check out the links on the “Poetry” page for other poems on other sites.

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JKZ will participate in a reading at Westbeth Gallery as part of their exhibit, “Parent Poems,” on June 1, 2019, from 3 – 5pm. Other readers include Hugh Seidman and Edward Field.

A video of the reading at St. Francis College on 3-16-16 is now posted on YouTube:  Reading at St. Francis College 3-16-16


And here’s a “teaser” — one of the poems included in “Little Miracles”:

Side Trip

I seek an occasional
side trip to the universe
next door

the next slice in
the cosmic loaf
of bread

there, crows do not
say “caw” nor sneezes

it is unearthly still

no language to ruin
no heavenly bodies
to memorize
the words

and there, god is a magic
wand to a violin

an open hand
to a hungry dog

or perhaps
to a lurking trout
an angler’s passing fly

© 2011 James K. Zimmerman
All Rights Reserved


Teaser #2 —  A poem from “Family Cookout”:

All Saints’ Day

he pops
a wheelie on
his scooter in
the driveway

to him it’s a monster
Harley, the muddy
smudges on his arm
tattoos of angels
flaming swords
and “Mom”

he drops
the scooter
swaggers into
the kitchen
to take a swig
of OJ straight
from the bottle
and a fistful
of candy

heaven is open
for business
once again

© 2014 James K. Zimmerman
All Rights Reserved


Teaser #3 — A poem from the Bibliotekos website:

Hero Worship

thirty-gallon garbage
bags, home on the broken
dog-shit sidewalk

black ones tied with rags
savings bank for nickel-
deposit bottles and cans

shopping cart of sweat-
stained shirts, torn pants
year-old magazines
laceless shoes

any change 
            to spare, brother?

buy you something to eat?
(won’t help you feed
your habit)

I could use a hero 

oh — can’t do that
but here:

(hand in pocket
singles snug
between fives, tens
and twenties)

here’s a buck

thank you, brother 
           bless you

walking on, venti
latte, house and car
quicker step

a hero

© 2015 James K. Zimmerman
All Rights Reserved