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About James B. Cushing

Dr. Cushing earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine in 1983. His primary fields are Ancient, Romanticism, and Modern Language. He has published three books of poetry, all with Cahuenga Press in Loss Angeles: You and the Night and the Music (1991), The Length of an Afternoon (1999), and Undercurrent Blues (2005). In 1994 he received Renegade Magazine's "Warlord of the Subculture" Award. He hosts "Miles Ahead," a weekly jazz program on Cal Poly radio station KCPR. He won the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2005. Dr. Cushing joined the lecturer faculty in 1989.


Present Lecturer, English, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Research Interests

Honors and Awards

  • 2005: Distinguished Lecturer Award, Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts
  • 1994: Warlord of Subculture Award, Renegade Magazine