Jim Breslin’s debut short story collection, “Elephant,” features twenty-one stories about loneliness and hope in suburbia. In these stories, men and women struggle to find meaning in their lives and seek redemption. The characters in this collection are people the reader will recognize. They are people in your own neighborhood, possibly even in your own house. Jim’s short stories have been published in The Molotov Cocktail, Metazen and Think Journal. His non-fiction writing has appeared in Main Line Today, WHYY, Newsworks, Daily Local, Chester County Cuisine and Nightlife, #amwriting, and the Town Dish websites.
Jim’s nano-publishing project, Oermead Press, has published two books, “Elephant” (May, 2011) and “Chester County Fiction” (October, 2011) to date. “Chester County Fiction” is an anthology of sixteen short stories by thirteen local writers and received positive press in Main Line Today and on WHYY. The books are available at Chester County bookstores, Amazon and other venues.
Jim is the founder and emcee of the West Chester Story Slam, a monthly storytelling event where hundreds of people have taken the stage and told their stories in front of a rousing live audience. The West Chester Story Slam is also turned into a monthly podcast, available on iTunes. In December, 2012, Jim announced the launching of a second event, the Delco Story Slam. Jim is also the current Vice President of the Brandywine Valley Writers Group and a member of the Philadelphia Writers Group. When not writing, Jim is often producing documentary and corporate videos.
As Managing Editor of the Town Dish, Jim edits copy, generates story ideas and contributes frequently with profiles of restaurant and shop owners, news articles and reviews. He writes a semi-regular “On Tap” beer series.
For seventeen years, Jim worked to maintain peace and love between celebrities, hosts, viewers and the production crew at electronic retailer QVC. He held various positions such as: Director of Live Production, Managing Producer, and Line Producer. He was known for his creative ideas and QVC viewers responded; having described him as both a “marketing genius” and a “mental midget” on the company’s bulletin boards (in separate posts, of course). Jim was also a news producer for three years, producing live shows from the Reagan/Gorbachev Summit and the 1988 Republican Convention.
Jim lives in West Chester, PA with his wife and two sons.