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 first novel, “Against the Wind,” is currently with his agent—he's hoping it doesn't find a permanent home there. His short memoir, “The Elegant Solution,” about his relationship with his father, a relationship grounded in the language of mathematics but exposed in an engaging manner accessible to non-mathematical audiences, was first published as an e-book and then included in an anthology of Ploughshares Solos. Jim's books of poetry are published by Red Hen Press of Pasadena, California: “Lessons from Summer Camp” (forthcoming 2016), “Cruising at Sixty to Seventy” (2014), and “In Confidence” (2011). 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 Beckley Award for his pioneering work in asset-liability management. He resides with his wife, Deborah Schneider, in Bedford Corners, New York.