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About Jim

  • Jim Gustafson holds a M. Div. from Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University in his home town of Evanston, Illinois and an MFA from the University of Tampa. He is the author of Take Fun Seriously (Limitless Press, 2008), Driving Home, (Aldrich Press, 2013), and Unassisted Living (Big Table Publishing, 2017), and Friar Fred’s Diary (Local Gems Press, 2017).He teaches at Florida Gulf Coast University. Jim and his wife Connie live in Fort Myers, Florida where he reads, writes, and pulls weeds. 


Kind Words

Donald Morrill, Awaiting Your Impossibilities

Gustafson's muse nobly refuses the tendered lies so often assoicated with time and aging. These songs of experience remind us that "each moment/is a different stream/never the current." Quietly outraged gifts, these are. Gifts, indeed.

Steve Kistulentz, Panorama

The work here covers the great swath of a fully lived life, pairing wisdom and nostalgia with a reminder that our desires never diminish as we age. The end result is a book teeming with insight and generosity.

Sandra Beasley, Count the Waves

Jim Gustafson traces the decades' grasp on our hearts and bodies, in landscapes ranging from Florida's oaks, to New York's sidewalks, to Lisbon's hills. In the tradition of poets I admire, Gustafson is distinguished by his discerning eye and his journeying spirit.