Corrothers was also a pastor in different churches. For some years, in the late 1890s, Corrothers was a minister with the A.M.E. Church, though Bruce D. Dickson, Jr. indicates he was forced to leave his post after a scandal of some sort in 1903. Corrothrs later became a Baptist and then a Presbytarian, and served as a pastor in Pennsylvania in the latter years of his life. Corrothers also published a memoir late in his life In Spite of the Handicap.
James D. Corrothers published a fair amount of poetry during his life, much of it of quite high quality, with a strong civil rights orientation (a stand out poem might be "At the Closed Gates of Justice"). He published a number of poems in the 1900s in The Voice of the Negro. And several of his poems in the 1910s were published in The Crisis. However, he never published a book-length collection of his work. Seven of his poems were included in James Weldon Johnson's 1922 anthology, and there is a substantial account of his poems in Robert Kerlin's 1923 Negro Poets and their Poems.
Bruce D. Dickson, Jr., "James D. Corrothers" entry in Oxford Concise Companion to African American Literature.
Robert Kerlin, Negro Poets and their Poems (1923), Chapter 2.2.