James Speese – Albright College

James Speese

James Speese

Lecturer of English

Ph.D. Post WWII American Literature, Lehigh University

MA. English, Lehigh University

BA. English, Albright College


James (Jim) Speese is a writer and researcher, who earned his degree in post-World War II American literature at Lehigh University. His research has focused on historicity, postmodernism, and the literature of protest and agency. He is particularly interested in literature as a tool to promote effective and ethical protest and action. He is also a fiction writer, most recently published in book form in the Punctum collection, The Anthology of Babel (2020). Most recently, his short story, “The Story of Gombi”, is being published in August 2021 issue of The Pennsylvania Literary Journal. He working on a book on the lyrics of Roger Waters (of the band Pink Floyd), and a novel. Jim is also a singer/songwriter in the band Cloud Party, which has released five albums, most recently, The Dying Art of Living. He has taught literature, film, public speaking, and media studies. Presently his teaching focuses on writing, rhetoric and composition, in which he encourages critical thinking, reading, and writing skills to be applied to political and social movements. He was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at Drew University and at Lehigh University. He, sadly, has no pets at the moment.

Areas of Expertise

  • American Literature
  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Creative Writing (Fiction)
  • Music


“The Unfinished Texts of Richard A Conlan.” Punctum Books, 2020

“The Story of Gombi.” Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Aug 2021

“The Mystery of the Micheal Stipe Sky.” Voices de la Luna, May 2021

Learn more about James Speese at http:www.cloudpartymusic.com