James Charlton is an Australian poet and writer in the area of interfaith and interreligious studies. Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1947, Charlton has lived mostly in Tasmania. He completed a MA at the University of Cambridge and a PhD at the University of Tasmania. Poetry editor of the Australian literary quarterly Island from 2002 to 2008, he delivered the inaugural Gwen Harwood Memorial Lecture in 2008.
Charlton's Luminous Bodies was published in 2001 by Montpelier Press and tied for second place for the 2002 Anne Elder Award. So Much Light was published in 2007 by Pardalote Press.
Numerous poems of his have been published in anthologies, in literary journals (Australian, American and British) and in newspapers. Various poems have been broadcast. "Transgressive Saints", shortlisted for the 2006 Broadway Poetry Prize, was published in The Broadway Poetry Prize Winners 2006 by Picaro Press.
"Letter to Walt Whitman re: Iraq" was published in The Best Australian Poems 2006 by Black Inc.
Charlton's study of three European mystical poet-theologians is due from Continuum Publishers in late 2012.