by Jim Nichols
“But quickly enough this tale reminded me of what I love about Baxter”: Jim Nichols on Charles Baxter’s story “Scissors.”
Jim Nichols lives on a little river in Warren, Maine with his wife Anne, their Springer Spaniel Brady, Brady’s new stepbrother Jesse (a flat-coated retriever), many ducks, cormorants, osprey, eagles, two hives of Italian bees, cardinals, waxwings…well, you get the picture. 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, Conversely, 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 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 appeared in April, 2011. His new novel, Closer All The Time, was published in March, 2015, by Islandport Press.