James Allen Hall

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(Hall, James Allen) James Allen Hall is the author of a book of poems, Now You’re the Enemy, which won awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Lambda Literary Foundation, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He teaches at Washington College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. His collection of essays, I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well (Cleveland State University) is the winner of the 2016 Cleveland State University Essay Collection Competition. Hall writes of his journey to queerness, which persisted despite a youth marred by violence, addiction, and homophobia.  Writer and book critic Rigoberto González writes, “. . .  the personal essays in I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well are more than expressions of pain, they are testaments to perseverance shaped by the acceptance of a flawed self, love for a complicated family and an unflappable wit.”