James Manning is a writer based in Elmore, VT, where he lives with his novelist wife, S. Lee Manning and their cat, Xiao, and he is the author of the humorous thriller, Richter The Mighty (Encircle, November, 2022). In prior lives, he was an attorney, litigating cases in New York City and New Jersey; a college professor, teaching literature and writing; and a newspaper reporter in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and New Orleans. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Rutgers University. His poetry has appeared in The New Yorker.