James Noguera, MFA, writes fiction stories, both speculative and literary, as well as poetry. His work has been published in The WiFiles, The World of Myth, SNReview, and The Piker Press. Among his self-published works are Remember Me like This (2013), a pensive poetry chapbook; Language Learning for Free (2015), a short self-help ebook; and Monsters (2016), a spy fiction novella. He also teaches at Bronx Community College and hosts a podcast, Jim Nog Pod. @jimnog
James Noguera grew up in the Bronx. Skinny, asthmatic, shy - he didn't make many friends. Being light-skinned didn't help either. He stayed home a lot while other kids went out and "lived." He didn't care much for that stuff. His mom would work for most of the day, and his dad didn't seem to care. Books helped. Imagination was vital. He carried around those black-and-white marbled notebooks with him everywhere: jotting down ideas; sketching anime and video game characters; and conducting his first experiments with fiction, ghost stories and murder mysteries, blatant imitations of his childhood hero, RL Stine. Stine really was a hero for him because the popularity of the Goosebumps series kept him from getting beat up as a kid for reading. That, and he ran away a lot.
Alas, the notebooks were lost to time. He forgot about writing for a while. His teenage years were spent dreaming, searching. At one point he wanted to become a professional wrestler, like the ones on TV - all 120 lbs of him. Then he wanted to become a goth rocker. Only he forgot he lived in the Bronx and would have to go outside. Those dreams didn't work out. All the while, he felt he had neglected school, something he'd thought he wouldn't need. But in his time away he educated himself on Poe, Shakespeare, science, and French. He loved learning. For its own sake. Reason finally hit him in the ass, and he went back to school. After his first English class, he knew he wanted to teach. And after his first creative writing class, he realized what he'd already known: that writing was his passion. So he went on to get himself an MFA from City College. Predictable.
Currently, most of his work, mostly fiction, can be found in such magazines as: The WiFiles, The World of Myth, SNReview, and The Piker Press. Also, check out some of his self-published works, such as Monsters (2016), a spy novella, or Remember Me like This (2013), his debut poetry chapbook. In addition to writing, he teaches English and composition at Bronx Community College and hosts a podcast, Jim Nog Pod, aimed at having interesting conversations with interesting people. Subscribe to his YouTube channel for more content.