Jim Nichols, his wife Anne and Jesse the Flat-coated retriever split their time between Warren, Maine and Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Jim isn't quite sure how that happened, but is happy it did, especially in January through April.) Jim has published work in many venues, including Change Seven, december, Esquire, Zoetrope ASE, Narrative, Night Train, River City, elimae, The Clackamas Review, American Fiction Vol.9, Germ and Portland Monthly. He is the 2014 winner of the Curt Johnson Prose Award for Fiction (december magazine), a past winner of the Willamette Fiction Prize, a recipient of a Maine Arts Commission Independent Artists Fellowship and a prize winner in the River City Writing Awards. His collection Slow Monkeys and Other Stories was published in 2003 by Carnegie Mellon Press and his novel Hull Creek (Downeast Books) appeared in April, 2011. A novel-in-stories called Closer All The Time was published in 2015 by Islandport Press and won the 2016 Maine Literary Award for Fiction. His new novel Blue Summer (Islandport Press) was published in September, 2020, and won the 2021 Maine Literary Award for Fiction, making Jim the only two-time recipient of this award so far. (Past winners include Lily King, Richard Ford, Richard Russo, Christine Baker Kline, Roxana Robinson and Bill Roorbach though, so chances are this distinction will be short-lived).