Jim Atwell grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, and then spent fourteen years in the Christian Brothers, a Roman Catholic teaching order, as Brother Denis Andrew, FSC. After the time as a brother came two-dozen years as a community college professor and college administrator. Now in retirement, he still lives a full life of lecturing and writing. Jim’s first marriage to fellow academic Gwen Vosburgh ended with her death at forty-seven from pancreatic cancer. He and graphic designer Anne Geddes-Atwell have now been married for twenty years. A Quaker minister, Jim has spoken from pulpits in every major denomination and lectures widely on comparative religion, most often with a stress on ecumenism.
As a writer, Jim has had published over a thousand newspaper columns and articles, plus two books to date. Jim Atwell holds Master’s degrees in English and theology, plus a doctorate in English language and literature. Jim has lived in rural New York State for the last twenty-five years, delighting in amateur farming. But Parkinson’s Disease ended home-raised vegetables, berries, and fruits; no more chickens and fresh eggs, turkeys, pigs, sheep, and heifers. Now Jim and Anne are happily settled in Cooperstown, N.Y., with much smaller livestock holdings: Cassie, an affable Border Collie, and her self-contained companion cat, Gracie.
Writers Salon takes place the 3rd Thursday each month. Readings begin promptly at 7:30 pm (please arrive by 7:15). Beginning with open mic, guests are encouraged to read personal works in this casual & welcoming environment (open mic is limited to 5 minutes per reader). Afterwards, enjoy a reading and presentation by a featured published author. Free & Open to the public. Donations greatly appreciated. Refreshments Served.