The Rebel Inside SADDAM'S PARROT

June 12, 2017

I've been a rebellious, "misbehaving" individualist since childhood. It carries over to my writing which is dosed with irreverent characters caught up in mischief and troublemaking. Although I graduated from both Harvard and Berkeley and excelled in writing, it took many years for me to escape or maybe transcend dry and rigorous rationalism. 

For me this was actually a return to my individualist roots and the influences of both a mom and great uncle who were artists, terrific story-tellers and tricksters. My great uncle, Sky Carpenter, an accomplished Western artist, was notorious for hiding critters in the shadows of decaying barns and the hollowed-out crannies of rotting snags.  

I found my own writing version of this in my mid 30's under the added influences of Kurt Vonnegut, John Fowles and Henry Miller. If people see a strong influence of nature and animals in my writing, it reflects years as a professional ecologist in the Pacific Northwest. I spent much time analyzing and preventing the disturbance of terrestrial habitat, estuaries and wild rivers.

This eye for disturbance and tipping points carries over to my sensitivity to human relationships, characters, family and communities stressed to the point of revolt and rebellion. Almost all of my stories involve characters confronted by defining dilemmas, and this is particularly true of SADDAM'S PARROT (Aignos 2017).

Jim Curry

Award-winning Author of

     SADDAM'S PARROT (Aignos 2017)
     IN DIRE STRAITS (Savant 2011)


2017 Savant Poets of the Year

June 8, 2017
It is my pleasure to present Savant Books and Publications "Poets of the Year" whose selected works are now available in SHADOW AND LIGHT - 2017 Savant Poetry Anthology. Every year our guest editor selects the best of the best poetry submissions to present to the world. This year's featured editor is multi-award-winning author, editor and poet, Helen R. Davis. 

This year we present the poems of twenty-two outstanding poets including, in order of appearance, Rose Seaquill, Bipul Banerjee, Dr. M...
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May 15, 2017
We all come across a point in life where it becomes important to examine who we are and what we've achieved. I wrote a manuscript entitled "Cereus," following something similar to what many would call a mid-life crisis, despite not actually fitting the age group. I had examined the choices I'd made and found I'd been so set on paying my dues, ensuring a good career and juggling a fantastic family, that I had neglected the one thing I had been desperate to be my whole life—a published author...

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March 5, 2017

As an amateur DanceSport (ballroom/Latin dance) athlete and competitor as well as a medical massage therapist, I often felt a deep but unspoken connection between the two. During my university studies, I had the opportunity to further explore this connection. Thus began my search for somatic therapy. 

At first, I thought that what dance and massage had in common was Dance Movement Therapy (DMT), a recognized form of psychological therapy. But being Japanese, I wanted something that was less ...

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February 13, 2017

My passion for writing began after a typical small town boyhood in Kokomo, Indiana. Paper routes, basketball, teen dances and too many greasy French fries were followed by a BA degree at Wabash College, a small liberal arts college for men just down the road from Purdue. As an English major, I contributed cartoons and satiric articles for the humor magazine and short stories for the more serious literary publication.

After graduation and a summer adventure selling Bibles from door to door in ...

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January 14, 2017

I wrote the first chapter of IN THE SHADOWS OF MY MIND one night over winter break my Senior year of undergrad. I was sitting in my apartment in Ruston, Louisiana, a college town bigger than, but not unlike, the small town in the novel. It was after midnight, so all I could see out the two big windows opposite my couch was darkness.

The plot of what was supposed to be a short story involved a man and a woman with atypical minds trying to help and comfort each other in the darkness of the nig...

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December 2, 2016

   For me, there is nothing quite as inspiring as nature, a child, nature and imagination.

   We all have different aspects to our identity that need expression, and writing THE ADVENTURES OF PURPLE HEAD, BUDDHA MONKEY AND STICKY FEET (Savant 2016) filled a need to express my love of nature in the voice of my inner child. I was an active youth, but the closer I got to adulthood, the less time I had to wander and imagine. When my son expressed interest in nature, the opportunity presented to r...

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November 29, 2016

New to Savant but not to editing, I have taught English and writing for over 30 years and am appreciative of the high level of literary competency that can be achieved often with the simplest of editing.

I firmly believe, as Marty Rubin at has stated, “ Only the blank page needs no editing.” It is hard for an author to ferret out the strengths of his or her creations, or to catch and correct inherent weaknesses without a professional editor's skillful outside point-of-view. ...
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November 4, 2016

Aloha Savant Staff, Authors and Writers Around the World,

My name is Alex and I am thrilled to become a proofreader in the Savant family. I was born and raised in New York, where I recently graduated from college. It’s a great place to be, but I’m ready for new adventures and dream of living, at least temporarily, in Europe or the west coast. Sitting still isn’t something I’ve been good at, physically or mentally; I like to dabble. As a child, I played violin and dance...

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September 14, 2016
Many people go to Hollywood to find themselves. Having myself spent several years doing just that, I have wanted to include some of my Hollywood experiences as well as some of the larger-than-life characters I met along the way. 

I was lucky to have an instructor, a Mr. Gelman, at UCLA where I was taking a course in Screenwriting. He introduced himself to the class, eyeballed us, and asked gruffly, "How many here want to be writers?" Each of us glanced at each other; a few began to raise their...

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