James Mckinley

James McKinley has been a widely published magazine writer for Esquire, American Heritage, and National Catholic Reporter, among others.  His book Assassination in America grew out of a series of articles in Playboy magazine and is one of the definitive works on the subject. 

McKinley has received fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and two senior Fulbright fellowships, to Yugoslavia and to Spain.  His personal essay here, about his friendship with the poet Robert Graves, appeared in summer 1974, prior to McKinley’s 17-year tenure as editor of the magazine, New Letters.  James McKinley’s fiction includes two collections of stories, Acts of Love and The Fickleman Suite, and a novel, The Woman in the River: A Case of Abortion.  His latest book is Who Taught Me to Swim: New and Selected Stories James McKinley is an active writer living in Kansas City, Missouri and Oracle, Arizona.