Oklahoman by birth, Californian by upbringing, and New Yorker by choice and longevity, Jim Story is a novelist, short-story writer and poet. He has published short stories, creative nonfiction, reviews and poetry in a variety of literary publications, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, won a Best New Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and held a residency at the Edward Albee Center in Montauk, Long Island.
An ex-college professor (Russian History), Jim holds a PhD from Columbia University and a certificate from the Russian (now Harriman) Institute. He lives in New York City with his partner, Jill.
Jim's recently published comic adventure novel (a picaresque), Problems of Translation, has been called "An insanely amusing adventure that has a deep love of language at it its belly-shaking core" (Gary Shteyngart) and "A sure-handed narrative led by a hapless but resilient adventurer" (Kirkus Reviews). Videos and audios of readings from this novel and his other works can be accessed here.
Jim is also author of the much-acclaimed novel Wounded By History (see Fiction on this website for praise). Once previously scheduled for publication as a stand-alone, Wounded By History may soon be published as a novella under that same title, together with several thematically related short stories, including “The Spaniard,” previously published in Karamu. A short story, “Chasing the Condor,” which appeared in the Winter/Spring 2011 issue of The Same (Vol. 8, No. 2), is forming the basis of a novel Jim is currently working on. You can watch or listen to readings from this new novel here.
Love and Other Terminal Diseases, another book of short stories, will likely be out in 2016. Stories from that collection which have already appeared in literary journals include “Cats,” which appeared in Folio in the winter of 2003; “Looking for Nemerov” and “The Deep Woods,” both published in Pindeldyboz in 2004 and 2005 and available in their archives at www.pindeldyboz.com; “Lydia,” published in The Same, Volume 7, No. 1-2 (2008); “Love and Other Terminal Diseases,” available in a 2009 issue of Confrontation (#104); “Shampoo,” published in the fall 2009 issue of BigCityLit.com; and “We Shall Come Rejoicing,” published in the Summer/Fall 2013 issue of The Same. “Milwaukee Dawn” appeared in a recent issue of BigCityLit.com.
Another story, "Mojave Blues," not from that collection, appeared in And Then in 2008, and two more, “Shaver Lake” and “Shooting Rabbits,” appeared in Home Planet News in Spring, 2004 and Winter, 2007, respectively.
Jim is presently at work on a collection of related short stories, as well as a novel called whose working title is Chasing the Condor.
For further biographical information, see Jim\0x92s blog, Today\0x92s Story. Other biographical tidbits are shared in an interview with the Women's National Book Association.