Jim is a versatile and experienced writer and editor of nonfiction and creative nonfiction works. He blogs about, and has published articles about green homebuilding and renovation, energy, the environment, and Climate Change. He has also published articles on science and spirituality, personal essays, and poetry.
Jim combines the analytical skills of an engineer, since he was one, and the pastoral skills of a priest, since he was one of those too. He is comfortable working one on one with aspiring or new writers, and has participated and lead too many poetry, creative nonfiction, improv, and memoir workshops than can remember.
Jim Gunshinan has a BS in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from the University of Notre Dame, and an MS in Bioengineering from The Pennsylvania State University, where he did research on the artificial heart. He was a varsity fencer at Notre Dame and served as an assistant fencing coach at Penn State. He entered the seminary at Notre Dame in 1983, and, after earning a Master of Divinity degree, was ordained a Catholic priest in 1989. Jim ministered for ten years, first in a parish in South Bend, Indiana, and then as a campus minister at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana. He left the priesthood in 1999, and for the next twenty years was the managing editor of Home Energy, a magazine that coves residential energy efficiency, health, sustainability, and affordability.
Jim has published a chapbook of poems, What the Body Wants, and a poetry collection, Remember. He is now a freelance writer and living in Walnut Creek, California with his wife and their dog, Cooper. He writes about energy, the environment, green building, sustainable living, personal essays and creative nonfiction. He is working on memoir bit by bit and very slowly and carefully, and sometimes all at once.