Jim Freeman writes fiction, poetry, political and social
observation. Born in Evanston, Illinois in 1935, his approach across all genres
intends what he expects to be a conversation with his readers, trusting that a
literary friendship will evolve from that. This is particularly true of his
political and social writing where, rather than offering up answers, he declares
‘here is the issue, let’s talk about it.’ That approach is equally apparent in
his narrative style of poetry and dialog-driven fiction.
Life experience informs writing and Jim’s ups and downs over
seven decades provide him with an exceptionally broad personal point of view. He
worked at numerous jobs, from delivering pharmacy prescriptions to selling
automobiles and working alongside migrants at agricultural labor while, on the
other end of the spectrum, competitively showing horses. After a two year study
of ornamental horticulture at Michigan State University, he served in the U.S.
Army medical corps between the Korean and Vietnam wars, then joining the family
landscape design and construction company.
Besides its inherent creative satisfaction, his career as a landscape
architect gave him unique access to the personal lives of the wealthy, along
with the opportunity to collaborate with prominent architects and developers
and work with large corporations as clients. If he sets his scenes in vast country
estates, spectacular offices, country clubs, yachts or hunting lodges, these
relationships allowed him to be there and see it first-hand.
Running a family business brought him, along with those
pleasures, thirty-five years sweating payrolls and bank loans, worrying over
the weather and dealing with periodic real estate crises. He closed the company
in late 1992 and moved to Europe to write, travel and see the world from a
different perspective, much of it from a motorcycle. He quickly found a vibrant
community of writers and artists in Prague, many of them two or three
generations younger and those friendships color his writing as well. He met his
third wife, Michaela, in Prague and she’s been his companion now for nearly two
decades.
Freeman’s a prolific writer, authoring three novels, three
collections of poetry, two non-fiction books and a five-volume set of
observations on America. Additional work includes a screenplay, several one-act
plays, travelogues, some essays and articles. Jim’s op-ed pieces are all over
the internet, regularly featured at OpEdNews, but also appearing in the New
York Times, Chicago Tribune, International Herald Tribune, CNN, New York
Review, Progressive Populist, The Prague Post and other similar publications.
For several years he hosted the Beefstew Poetry Readings and his poems have
been published in several poetry magazines on and offline, as well as in the Return of Král Majáles, an anthology featuring international
writers in Prague.

His writing clearly indicates that the key for
him to surviving personal difficulties and bridging generations is a wry sense
of humor. Much like a minister peppering his sermons with jokes, Jim takes the serious
issues of war, poverty or human rights and makes them palatable through wit,
irony and down-to-earth bluntness. You need not be an economist to understand
his position on financial trading, nor a tweed-jacketed intellectual to interpret
his poetry. Through his writing, the sum of his knowledge and life experience crystallize
into an ability to ‘say it like it is’ and the wisdom to listen to reader response.
Literary friendships, he believes, are born of that.