Criss Jami (born Christopher James Gilbert) is an American poet, essayist, and existentialist philosopher. He is best known as the author of Venus in Arms and Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile.
Criss Jami began writing song lyrics at the age of 11. He attended a private school prior to being home-schooled and later transferred to a public school where he often wrote poems and voluntarily submitted them with school assignments. In 2005, Jami moved to Fairfax, Virginia as a philosophy student at George Mason University and became highly influenced by the writings of existentialist philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and theologian C. S. Lewis. Although renowned for his unusual writing style and perception, Jami was not well-received academically. After 5 years in college, he was dismissed. In 2011, he published Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile and the following year Venus in Arms.