Jim Schley is a writer, editor, teacher, and performer.
From 2006 to 2008, he was Executive Director of The Frost Place, a museum and conference center in Franconia, New Hampshire. His writings have been published in the magazines Newsweek, Orion, Mother Earth News, North By Northeast, Northern Woodlands, and Vermont, as well as the literary magazines New England Review, Crazyhorse, Ironwood, and the online InPosse Review. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and a regular reviewer for newspapers. His newest book is a collection of poems, As When, In Season (Marick Press, 2008).
Jim is currently working with Homelands on a book about a 19th-century Native American headdress, or "warbonnet," that has been in the possession of his family since the early 1870s. He is chronicling his and his family's efforts to return the warbonnet to the descendants of its original keepers.
Jim has edited more than 250 books in a diversity of fields, including memoir, poetry, fiction, Native American studies, political commentary, history, literary criticism, art history, environmentalism, and practical ecology (organic gardening and farming, renewable energy, and natural building techniques). He teaches writing, literature, and Native American histories and cultures for Community College of Vermont, Johnson State College, and the Vermont Humanities Council. Jim is presently managing editor of the literary book publisher Tupelo Press.
As a stage and film performer, Jim has toured the US, Canada, and Europe with the Bread & Puppet Theater and with Les Montreurs d'Images of Geneva, Switzerland. He currently performs with FLOCK Dance Troupe, Signal & Noise, and director Duncan Nichols.
Jim lives in South Strafford, Vermont, with his wife Rebecca Bailey and their daughter Lillian, in an "off-the-grid" solar-electric home they built themselves on land owned cooperatively with five other families.
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24 Blue Moon Road
South Strafford, Vermont 05070
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For more information about Jim's work, including examples of essays and poems, and links for ordering books, see www.jimschley.com