From Jersey to Juneau
Jim was born and raised in the New Jersey Bush. After a stint in the U.S. Navy, he worked his way through college and took his BA in Literature. In graduate school at Rutgers University, Jim was awarded two major fellowships, the Marion Johnson Fellowship from the Graduate School of Rutgers University and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Higher Education, as well as a Folger Fellowship to spend a semester studying at the Folger Institute for Renaissance Studies in Washington DC.
After taking an M.A. in Early English Literature and an M. Phil., Jim moved west to take an assistant professorship at Central Washington University. In 1995 Jim moved to Juneau, Alaska to take work as a writer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Lured back to academics for a few years by the University of Southeast Alaska, Jim ultimately returned to NOAA as a Writer-Editor for the NMFS/Alaska Region’s Analytical Team. He retired from public service in 2016.
Jim has continued to teach, teaching writing (and Latin, to a few intrepid souls) as a volunteer at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau and conducting professional and analytical writing seminars for his own business. His seminars have been taken by staff at virtually all State of Alaska departments as well as by staff at various municipal, state, federal, and international agencies in Washington, California, Oregon, Idaho, and Hawaii.
Jim also continues to publish his own writing. From September 2014 to December 2016, Jim published a bi-weekly column "On Writing" in the Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly--for which the Alaska Press Club awarded him the Suzan Nightingale Columnist of the Year Prize for two straight years. He recently published an essay called “Lost in Ghent,” part travelogue, part art criticism, part theology, on Jan van Eyck's 15th-century painting, The Ghent Altarpiece (Imaginatio et Ratio: A Journal of Theology and the Arts, Summer 2014), and he is currently at work on a series of essays on early modern European paintings
Under his nom de guerre Johnny Negotiable, Jim hosts a radio show on KRNN Juneau, 102.7 FM, on Friday mornings from 10 to Noon--a show that he refers to affectionately as "episodes in the history of noise."
In April 2019, Jim will be presenting his paper, "Mitchell Salem Fisher and a Reform Jewish Prayer" at the Ninth Annual Religion and Spirituality in Society Conference in Granada, Spain.
For more information write to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Jim at 907-957-0080