J.R. Stewart

Biography

Jim was born in Chicago and has memories of living in Buffalo, New York, New England, and Southern California.

Finally, he grew up in Oregon where he has lived and worked for the last four decades.

His working life has been eclectic, with time spent as a musician, truck driver, laborer, mechanic (of both vehicles and musical instruments), house painter, business owner, salesman, and, through it all, a writer and poet.

As a songwriter and performer, Jim has been featured in the films "Dancing on the Edge" and "Pacific Vibrations." With his longtime musical partner Craig Abrahamson, he formed Bivalve, a lively collaboration that has produced two CDs: "Unhinged" and "Middle Ground." The group has morphed into a band called Tuna Reuben and can be heard sporadically around Portland and Oregon's north coast.

As J.R. Stewart, Jim has published poetry and/or short fiction in the following journals: The Alembic, The Licking River Review, Mostly Maine, Orange Willow Review, Orion Magazine, Progenitor, Rattapallax, and Tulane Review. He's also published short pieces in the North-Coast Times-Eagle and the Portland Guitar Society Quarterly. Jim's short story "White Ravens" was a finalist in a Glimmer Train open fiction contest and is the title story in his new collection "White Ravens - And More Stories."

His short story "Early to Rise" is available as a Kindle book at Amazon.com.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Buffalo, New York, Topsfield, Massachusetts (north of Boston), Dana Point, California, and Oregon. I think that spectrum gives me a useful bag of experience to draw from as a writer.
When did you first start writing?
I created a comic book when I was just a kid, like five, or so. It was about cowboys and rattlesnakes. I've always been an improviser and love the mindset that comes from. My mom saved it and I think it's still in a box someplace. I probably wrote my first story in fourth or fifth grade. In high school, I was the assistant editor on the yearly literature magazine and had a poem and a story in there. That was probably the first time I published anything.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find J.R. Stewart online


Where to buy in print


Books

White Ravens - And More Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,330. Language: American English. Published: September 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
White Ravens is a collection of short stories by J.R. Stewart. All but one of the stories have been published previously in various literary journals (see the copyright page for details). All of the stories depict rites of passage through which men of varying ages must pass.

J.R. Stewart's tag cloud