James Sievert is from Los Angeles. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University, Northridge, and then went on to work for several newspapers in California. After completing his Ph.D. in modern European history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he taught history at an international university in Japan for two years. Since then he has been living in Basel for almost two decades, working as a writer and editor. He has penned numerous works for theater, which have been produced at venues in both the United States and Europe, including the FEATS festival in Brussels, the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, the Chameleon Theatre Circle in Minneapolis and elsewhere.