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C. M. James – Artist, Poet, Publisher

C. M. James - Artist, Poet, Publisher
C. M. James – Artist, Poet, Publisher

His family name is Charles Michael James. As an artist-poet, and publisher, Mike is known among the art world and literary circles as C. M. James.

Mike was born in Somerset, Kentucky, a second great-grandson of Rev. Joseph Martin James and Permellia Estepp. He attended Youngstown and Ohio State Universities.

As a poet, artist, and illustrator, Mike founded Fantome Press. He began to publish poets of the Beat Generation. He also published classic American and British poets.

Robert Lewis Stevenson by C. M. James
Robert Lewis Stevenson by C. M. James

A retrospective of his work as an artist brought the following comment:

“Several of his pictures are offered in different sizes, combinations, and colors, offering surprise after surprise. An element is offered alone and is quite sufficient. Later, admiring a patterned work of almost ornate intricacy, it is amazing and a little disconcerting to find it composed of repetitions of that element.”

Poet Lawrence Ferlingetti writes to C. M. James
Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti writes to C. M. James

The Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote to Mike:

“Dear James – You’ve done a beautiful job of my poems on your tiny press. Please thank everyone involved. Ad thanks for all the copies. I didn’t expect as many.

“Confused–

Lawrence Ferlinghetti”

As a book collector, Mike assembled a vast library of books on the subject of the tattoo.

William Blake poetry published by C. M. James

Poems of William Blake published by C. M. James

CURRICULUM VITAE

Since 1989: Artist in residence, Trumbull Art Gallery, Warren OH

1988 Board of Directors, Trumbull Art Gallery

1988 Kenneth Patchen Literary Festival Committee, Warren, OH

1987 A.A. Degree with an emphasis in painting, Kent State University, Trumbull Campus, Warren OH

1976 Founded Fantome Press

1971 Youngstown State University, graphic design & life drawing

1966-1968 Ohio State University, major in graphic design

1947 Born Somerset, KY on January 20

C. M. James, aka Charles Michael James
C. M. James, aka Charles Michael James

EXHIBITIONS

1990 One man exhibition: Ohio Historical Society Museum of Labor & Industry, Youngstown, OH

1989-1990 Butler Institute of America Art Area Annual

1990 Performance piece at Picture Show Gallery, Warren, OH

1988-1990 American Cancer Society Annual Art Show, Warren OH

1989-1990 Exhibition: Park Hotel lobby, Warren OH for 6 months

1990 Mahoning Bank Building, Warren OH for 3 months

1990 Installation at Dimitri’s Restaurant, Warren OH

1989 Trumbull Art Gallery Annual, Warren OH (Award for Painting)

1988 Exhibition: Block prints & Fantome Press material, Library of Trumbull Campus of Kent State University, Warren OH

1988 Exhibition: Trumbull New Theater Gallery, Niles, OH

1988 Exhibition: Youngstown Playhouse, Youngstown, OH

1988 One Man Show: Eastwood Mall, Niles, OH

1988 Exhibition: Celebration of the Square Festival in downtown Warren, OH

1986-1988 Trumbull Art Gallery Annual, Warren, OH

1981 “Art of the Macabre” Exhibition, Ashtabula Arts Center, Ashtabula, OH

1973 Butler Institute of America Art 35th Area Artists Annual, Youngstown, OH (Award for Painting)

1973 Group Exhibit: Avalon Inn, Howland, OH

Jack London, illustrated by C. M. James
Jack London, illustrated by C. M. James

COLLECTIONS

Covellie Enterprises, Warren OH

Jack Gibson Company, Warren OH

The University of California at Santa Cruz Library, Special Collections

I.W.W. (Industrial Workers of the World) Permanent Collection, Chicago, IL

J. Abronovich, New Jersey

William Mullane, Warren OH

Ohio Historical Society, Museum of Labor & Industry

Drs. Joseph & Ann Chester

Trumbull Memorial Hospital

GRANTS & AWARDS

Recipient of Regrat: Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County for feasibility study & model for Labor Memorial for Trumbull County

Award: Trumbull Art Gallery Annual, 1989

Award: Butler Institute of American Art, 35th Area Artists Annual, 1973

Charles Michael James
Charles Michael James

Mike’s ARCHIVES are found at the Ohio State University, Rare Books and Manuscripts Library,   Identification: Spec.cms.315

“The C. M. James/ Fantome Press Collection consists of documents, publications, videotapes, cassette tapes, correspondence, etc. all relating to the small press owned by C. M. James, The Fantome Press, and the cassette distribution project he ran, called the Underground Culture Vultures. The Fantome Press has been operating in Warren, Ohio since 1976 and publishes original works by various authors including C. M. James.”

Since suffering a stroke in 1993, Mike has retired from writing and publishing.

Hart Crane poem illustrated and published by C. M. James
Poetry of Stephen Crane illustrated and published by C. M. James

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UPDATE:  April 16, 2018

C.M. James has two works of art in the archives of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. See “bird” and  Ephemera.

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Tuesday April 20th, 2021
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WE JAMES ARE PROUDLY DIVERSE . . .
This is the family of Elizabeth Lee James, a great-granddaughter of John Oliver James, born in Pulaski Co KY and died in Midland, TX and John's wife Dimples Hite. Among Libby's Aboriginal family Libby's daughter Adina Brown stands beside her. Adina posted "Things Not to Say to Aboriginal People." This translates equally to us in James families of African-American or Native-American descent. Even Frank and Jesse James had an African-American half-brother.
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WE JAMES ARE PROUDLY DIVERSE . . .
This is the family of Elizabeth Lee James, a great-granddaughter of John Oliver James, born in Pulaski Co KY and died in Midland, TX and Johns wife Dimples Hite. Among Libbys Aboriginal family Libbys daughter Adina Brown stands beside her. Adina posted Things Not to Say to Aboriginal People. This translates equally to us in James families of African-American or Native-American descent. Even Frank and Jesse James had an African-American half-brother.
Friday April 16th, 2021
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I'm imagining my grandmother Anna Emalen Knaff clocking into her sales job in 1903 at Marshall Field & Co. department store in the morning. In the late afternoon, she met my grandfather Francis Marion "Frank" James during the tragic Iroquois Theater fire in Chicago as they both tended to the injured, dead, and dying. ... See MoreSee Less

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It's really great to have such hero's in the family. Strong giving people, wish I could of open them and heard their stories.

Thursday April 8th, 2021
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Sisters, Hadie Alice Herrin-White & Mirna Florence Herrin-Criswell, in 1956 standing before 106 James St. in Somerset, Pulaski Co KY. They are 2nd great-granddaughters of Rev. Joseph Martin James & Rhoda May by Susan Harriet James & Joseph Allen Herrin. Photo courtesy of Hadie's son, Terry Joseph White. ... See MoreSee Less

Sisters, Hadie Alice Herrin-White & Mirna Florence Herrin-Criswell, in 1956 standing before 106 James St. in Somerset, Pulaski Co KY. They are 2nd great-granddaughters of Rev. Joseph Martin James & Rhoda May by Susan Harriet James & Joseph Allen Herrin. Photo courtesy of Hadies son, Terry Joseph White.

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Eric, My mom's name is Hadie. Ben is my dad. We used both names when setting up their Facebook account.

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