Born in Brooklyn Hospital and raised as a latchkey kid in a brownstone in Prospect Heights during the '70s and '80s, James E. Graham ("Jamie” to his friends), attended nearby P.S. 9 for elementary school, rode the subway to Hunter College High School in Manhattan for grades 7-12, and then crossed the Hudson to earn his BA
in English at Princeton, where he had the good fortune to study under Stuart Dybek, Russell Banks, and Joyce Carol Oates.
Upon graduating, he obtained an MBA from NYU, spent his 20s in corporate finance and his 30s at a pair of startups, before finally returning to his roots as a writer in his 40s. He now splits time between an apartment in the borough where he grew up and a cabin in Dutchess County, accompanied by his goofy Aussie mix, Barlow, writing the kinds of fantastical stories he read commuting to and from high school on the IRT as a boy.