IMG_4081 - Version 2James D. Redwood

was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1949. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1971 with a Bachelor’s degree in English, he went to Saigon, South Viet Nam in September, 1972, to teach English. After three months working in various schools and universities in the South Vietnamese capital, he also started working as a volunteer, and then later as a salaried employee, for a social welfare organization, the Shoeshine Boys Project, which was devoted to assisting street children displaced by the war by giving them a home, an education, and the opportunity to learn a trade. After the fall of Saigon in April, 1975, Redwood taught English and French at the secondary school level in a suburb of Los Angeles before attending law school in 1979. After working for a law firm in San Francisco from 1983-1986 and then for the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., from 1987-1989, he joined the faculty of Albany Law School in Albany, New York, in the fall of 1989. He has been a professor of law there ever since, teaching numerous courses, including a seminar in Law and Literature. He is married and is the father of two children.

Redwood began publishing short stories based on his experiences in Viet Nam in 1993. In the spring of 1999, his story “Numbers” appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review. The following year, “The Son Returns” was published by the Black Warrior Review. Then, in the fall of 2004, “The Photograph” was published by the Kenyon Review. “The Black Phantom” appeared in North Dakota Quarterly in the fall of 2005, followed shortly thereafter by “Love Beneath the Napalm,” the title piece of his collection and the first of four stories to be published by the Notre Dame Review (Winter 2005). This story was reprinted in the anthology, NOTRE DAME REVIEW: THE FIRST TEN YEARS, edited by John Matthias and William O’Rourke and published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2009. In 2006, TriQuarterly published “The Stamp Collector,” and then in the Winter/Spring 2010 issue of the Notre Dame Review, the story “Brother Daniel’s Roses” appeared. “The Summer Associate” was published in the Winter/Spring 2012 issue of the Notre Dame Review. Redwood’s most recent story, “The Angel of the Tenderloin,” appeared in the Summer/Fall 2013 issue of the Notre Dame Review and is featured as a “web extra” on the journal’s website.    

In addition to the Notre Dame Review Short Fiction Prize collection, LOVE BENEATH THE NAPALM, which contains eight of the nine stories mentioned above, as well as five others not previously published, Redwood has completed a mystery novel set in San Francisco, the Central Valley of California, and the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. He is currently working on another novel, PALE FATE, set in Viet Nam in 1969-1970. He is also planning a sequel to the mystery novel and an anthology on legal ethics and literature.


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