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University Hall 5051
(205) 934-8573

Research and Teaching Interests: Fiction and creative nonfiction

Office Hours: By appointment


  • MFA, Bowling Green State University, Creative Writing: Fiction

James Braziel is originally from South Georgia. The people, the land, the politics, and the weather of the South inspire his writing. He is the author of two novels — Birmingham, 35 Miles and Snakeskin Road — and a chapbook of poetry, Weathervane. His fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, Southern Humanities Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Chattahoochee Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review, among other journals and newspapers. He has also been the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts and twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

James was inspired by his major professor, Tony Grooms at the University of Georgia, to pursue creative writing. Likewise, James wants to inspire his students to write. His favorite part of teaching is working with students on their stories from rough draft to final draft.

  • Recent Courses
    • Beginning Fiction Writing Workshop
    • Fiction Writing Workshop
  • Select Publications




    • “The Ballad of JD,” Southern Humanities Review 47 (No. 4, Fall 2013).
    • “Living with Reality of Tornadoes,” Birmingham News, April 27, 2012, p. 15A.
    • What the Wind Carried Away,” New York Times, April 29, 2011.
  • Literary Distinctions

    For 2010's Snakeskin Road:

    • Georgia Center for the Book's list of "25 Books All Georgians Should Read."
    • Shortlisted for the 2010 Townsend Prize.
    • Locus Magazine’s Best of 2009.
    • Longlisted for the 2010 British Fantasy Awards.