James R. Dennis is a poet, a novelist, and a Dominican friar. Along with two friends, he is the author of the Miles Arceneaux mystery novels. He has written two prior collections of poetry, Correspondence in D Minor and Listening Devices. In 2016, Correspondence in D Minor was selected as a finalist for the Julie Suk Award, and also named among the Best Books of the Year by the San Antonio Express-News. In 2023, Listening Devices received the International Book Award for Religious and Spiritual Poetry. He also writes and teaches on spiritual matters. James was born in West Texas, and now lives in San Antonio with his two ill-behaved dogs, Wallace and Yeats.