Jim’s writing life

Jim Cole is a fiction writer living in the town of Duncans Mills, north of San Francisco on the Russian River. He is a 2017 recipient of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers for his story The Asphodel Meadow, which was published in The Summerset Review.

You can order the PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2017 here.

Read Jim’s interview with Catapult Publishing on his writing, the origins of “The Asphodel Meadow,” and the Robert J. Dau Prize:

“I avoid the phrase “experimental writing’ because I’m not experimenting, I think I know what I’m doing! But, yes, my work is atypical, so the Robert J. Dau Prize gives me hope that there is a place for my fiction.”

Jim’s short story Traveler #17 appeared in the July 2017 issue of JONAH Magazine.

He was born in North Carolina, and by the time he graduated from high school in Missouri he had lived in nine states plus Germany and South Korea. He received degrees in Rhetoric and Political Science from UC-Berkeley, then worked for more than 20 years as a journalist. During his journalism career, he reported from Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong and Mexico.

Along with his fiction writing, Jim maintains a blog called Theblacktoe,  so he can write about trail running adventures, like learning to run in snow shoes and trying to run 5 Volcanoes in 5 Days.

He has an MFA from the University of San Francisco, where his novel ffrrfr was nominated for the Association of Writers & Writing Program’s (AWP’s) Intro Journals Project.

When he’s not working on fiction, he is a senior writer for a French-owned bank based in San Francisco.

If you want to email or send him a letter, here’s how.