In the fall of 2016, when this chapbook was about to be published, James M. Croteau was living and working in Kalamazoo, MI where he had been a professor at Western Michigan University since 1990. Jim had grown up gay and Catholic in the south. In times of rapid change, he believed that remembering history was important, especially how we carry our history in tow. Sadly, Jim died unexpectedly of a heart attack on September 18, 2016. He is survived by his partner of 31 years, Darryl Loiacano, and their two Labrador retrievers. Jim’s poems have appeared in Chicago Literati, Melancholy Hyperbole, New Verse News, Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South and others.
His collection, It's All Tangled in the Sweat on My Neck, was published posthumously with the help of Jim’s partner, Darryl, and his poetry mentor, Denise Miller.