A descendent of Quakers, Jim was the embodiment of gentleness, kindness, and fairness–but most of all love. He was a wanderer and seeker who gravitated to San Francisco in the 1960s and hung out at City Lights Bookstore soaking up the influences of Beat Generation poets. From 1992-2005 he lived a solitary life as a beekeeper in the desert highlands of Colorado, where he studied the minimalist existence of creatures and plants as he searched for answers to what is truly important in life. Although he had written and published poems for many years, it was during this passage that he discovered his most powerful, emotional, and authentic voice in poetry. He published over a thousand poems, short stories, essays, and reviews in journals including The Nation, Southern Humanities Review, American Literary Review, Esquire, International Poetry Review, Modern English Tanka, Modern Haiku, Atlas Poetica, and The Christian Science Monitor. His collection of poems, Letters from a Stranger (foreword by Isabel Allende), won the 1999 Colorado Book Award in Poetry. In 2005, Tipton moved to the village of Chapala in central Mexico, where he mentored emerging writers and continued to write and publish. He died at home on May 16, 2018.
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