James Roth, an English teacher who has taught in Japan, China, and, most recently, Zimbabwe as an EFL fellow in the U.S. State Department's EFL program, has published nonfiction in several online e-zines on a variety of topics. His essay "Black Lives Don't Matter in Zimbabwe" was listed as a finalist in The Missouri Review's Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' prize. "Manta Rays, a Massage Lady, and Love," a short story, was recently published in The Bombay Review. He has traveled throughout Southeast Asia. Presently he is polishing a historical mystery novel set in Meiji era Japan to submit to a New York publisher who has expressed an interest in it. He divides his time between the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe and Florida, where he cruises the coastal bays on a Freedom 30, cat ketch sailboat.