Jim was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has always loved to write, but only recently has pursued taking his passion for the craft more seriously. In 2005, he took a class called Writing From Your Life, which focused on creative nonfiction. The class rekindled his love for writing. In 2009, he enrolled in AllWriters' Workplace and Workshop which provided a peer critique group that encouraged and stretched him as a writer. He has been enrolled in AllWriters off and on, ever since.
Jim loves outdoor sports, including biking, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. It was his love of camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota that led him to write Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir. The book features humorous accounts of trips he took to the area with his brothers, friends and children over the past twenty five years. Dirty Shirt was published by eLectio Publishing in June of 2014.
Jim also writes poetry and recently his poetry collection, Written Life, was published by eLectio Publishing.
A graduate from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Anthropology, Jim has been fortunate to be employed in mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for nearly 30 years, a job he loves. He works as a GIS Analyst for Waukesha County in the Parks and Land Use Department. He was certified as a GIS Professional (GISP) in 2005 through the GIS Certification Institute.
Jim is a member of the following literary associations:
More information about his upcoming book release events can be found on his Events page.