James D. McCallister

author of the Edgewater County series



Muddy Ford Press/The Jasper Project marked
Published October 4, 2016

Art and essays commemorating the 2015 thousand-year flood in South Carolina. Features my essay “Thousand-Year Rain.”

HOLY CRIPES: THE LAST GUITARS OF JERRY GARCIA — Vintage Guitar (Cover) vintageguitarmagazine

Published January 1, 2010 (written with Steve Armato)

A profile of Steve Cripe, a luthier and fan of the Grateful Dead who ended up making a number of custom guitars for the legendary Jerry Garcia, instruments he played onstage in the last two years of his life. 

ART FROM THE ASHES (Anthology) art-from-the-ashes

Muddy Ford Press, Chapin, SC
Published February 1, 2015

This omnibus edition of local writers collects various works relating to the burning of Columbia near the end of the Civil War. My piece, THE BURNING QUESTION, is a fifteen-page screenplay wherein two contemporary characters debate the circumstances surrounding hte conflagration of February 17–18, 1865.

PLAYING TO THE TIDE (Academic Anthology)

Dead Letters press, Nicholas G. Meriwether, Editor
Published February 15, 2015

Program of the 18th Annual Grateful Dead Scholars Caucus meeting. Includes my essay, “A Song of My Own: Inspiration, Fellow Traveler, and Writing the Grateful Dead


Published February 24, 2013

In the first volume of this annually serialized book of essays, local writers and artists share narrative tales of some of Columbia’s most illustrious artists. Includes my essay about a writing mentor, the novelist Robert Lamb.

Sean McCrossin Brings ‘Third Wave’ Coffee to Columbia — Columbia Home & Garden

December 2012

A feature article about Drip Coffee, a new locally-owned cafe here in Columbia, SC specializing in slow-drip coffee and artisanal sandwiches.

“Rosewood Market and Deli: A Columbia Icon” — Columbia Home & Garden
October 2012

A profile of Basil Garzia, owner of Columbia’s original natural-foods grocer, Rosewood Market & Deli.

“Musical Justice”Columbia Livingmusical-justice

March/April 2011

A profile of Columbia, SC attorney and musician Bentz Kirby.




“Scholarship is Dead” Free Times (Cover Story)

Published January 18, 2011

A profile of Grateful Dead archivist Nicholas G. Meriwether, a Columbia native.