James Patrick Schmidt is a storyteller for hire. He is a poet, media strategist, and speaker who follows in the bardic tradition of delivering a journalistic accounting of the Truth of our perspectives. Forever a student of both the medium and the message, JPS believes the magic of stories come from the human connections they create.

Born and raised in Silvis, Illinois, he now lives a few miles down the road in Moline. He spent 10 years living in Missouri, Florida and Chicago before finding his way back home with his wife and son, hoping to raise his children with the same train whistles and barge horns that filled the background of his childhood.


Q. Are you really a bard?

A. Absolutely. I write on commission for patrons, I work at an ad agency (which is basically the same thing), and it’s my favorite class in Dungeons & Dragons.


Q. Is it true that you are the inspiration for Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack”?

A. I can neither confirm nor deny that fact.


Q. Are you the same guy that’s involved with the Optimist Club? 

A. Yes! I am heavily involved with my local club as well as the District and International organization. I’m so honored that you found your way here. If you’re looking for me to talk about the Optimist Club, hop on over to the contact page and reach out.


Q. What is your karaoke song?

A. …Baby One More Time by Britney Spears. Consider this dibs.