Prior to teaching, James Hoch was dishwasher, cook, dockworker, social worker and shepherd. His poems have appeared in Slate, The Kenyon Review, The Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, Carolina Quarterly, The Virginia Quarterly Review and many others. They have been nominated many times for the Pushcart Prize. He is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Summer Literary Seminars. He received a 2002 Individual Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and is the recipient of a 2007 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Miscreants was published by W.W. Norton in June 2007. A Parade of Hands won the Gerald Cable Award and was published in March 2003 by Silverfish Review Press. Originally from Collingswood, New Jersey, he resides in Nyack, New York, with his wife and two sons. He has taught at Franklin and Marshall College and Lynchburg College. Currently, he teaches at Ramapo College of New Jersey.