Some places visited just once stay in the mind forever. A weeklong holiday helps. So does a photograph. And, for me, the experience of writing in such a scenic spot. Wherever I am, I find the most peaceful time is early morning, before dawn, when there is enough light to see, but not so much as to blind me to the possibilities.
Jim Tilley writes both poetry and prose. His debut novel, "Against the Wind," will be published by Red Hen Press of Pasadena, California, in September 2019. Photographs pertinent to scenes from the novel and excerpts from the novel can be found on his Instagram site @jimtilleyny. His short memoir, “The Elegant Solution,” published by Ploughshares in 2013 and available as an e-book, features his relationship with his father, a relationship grounded in the language of mathematics but exposed in an engaging manner accessible to non-mathematical audiences. Jim's three collections of poetry have been published by Red Hen Press: “Lessons from Summer Camp” (2016), “Cruising at Sixty to Seventy” (2014), and “In Confidence” (2011). They are available in either hardcover or trade paperback editions. His work has appeared in several top literary journals, including Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Southern Review, and Southwest Review. He has won Sycamore Review's Wabash Prize for Poetry. Four of his poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Jim earned a doctorate in Physics from Harvard University. During his 25-year career in insurance and investment banking, he wrote several prize-winning papers on finance and investments. In 2008, the International Insurance Society announced Tilley as the winner of its John S. Bickley Founder's Award for his pioneering work in asset-liability management. In the last few years he has published original research on the famous 4-color map problem in four peer-reviewed mathematics journals. He resides with his wife, Deborah Schneider, in Bedford Corners, New York.