Writing has taken Jim Hurley from editing his college literary quarterly to newspaper journalism, network radio reporting, documentary films and a lengthy career in business communications.
Poetry grounded the author’s writing passion in 1959, when he sat with Robert Frost at the Iowa Writers Workshop. College mentoring by the poet Raymond Roseliep, with added encouragement by poets James Hearst, Paul Engle, Felix Stefanile and John Logan inspired a love of poetry fully revived in later life.
He is the recipient of the Gerard Manley Hopkins Poetry Award and the Gilbert Keith Chesterton Short Story Award from Loras College, and the Golden Mike Award for distinguished service from the Radio and Television News Association. His work has been cited more than thirty times by journalism and business groups, including the Greater Los Angeles Press Club and the International Association of Business Communicators. He is a past contributing writer for three editions of a popular textbook on communications.
In 2019, Hurley co-led the establishment of a permanent home for The Robert Frost Society (est. 1978) at the San Diego Central Library.
Hurley and his wife, the impressionist painter Jennifer Hurley, live in Rancho Santa Fe, California. He has a daughter and three grandsons.