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Jim Carpenter is a performing songwriter/writer/producer living in southeastern Connecticut. Born in Chincoteague, Virginia, he has lived in Cape May, Key West, Miami, and Nashville. At home in Connecticut, his music and fiction have never left the south. Influences of his transient, southern childhood resound in the latin, gospel, zydeco and bluegrass rhythms within his music.
As a performing songwriter, Jim was the winner of the 2000 Chicago Lake County Folk Festival's Songwriting Competition, a finalist in the South Florida Folk Festival's Songwriting Competition in 2001 and 2002, one of three finalists in the Boston's 2002 Rose Garden Coffeehouse's Songwriting Competition, a finalist in the 2003 Wisconsin Fond du Lac Songwriting Competition, and Honorable Mention among the 7000 submissions of the 2003 Nashville Songwriting Competition. He has shared the stage with The Resentments, Greg Brown, Bill Morrissey, Eric Taylor, Catie Curtis, Chris Knight, Robert Earl Keen, Marcia Ball, Small Potatoes, and Garnet Rogers among others.
His solo cd Bahia Honda was released in the Spring of 2007. His two cds: Rosalie and Silver Triangle with band The Hoolios were released in January 2009. Jim is currently at work on three diverse solo cds of original music being recording in Nashville and Connecticut.
Two short story collections (Delmarva & Albino Heart), as well as a novella entitled Black Narrows) are based in a ficticious county on the Delmarva Penisula. Box Of Sin, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter and three collections of humor: Guano Bay - A Bawdy History, Forsaken, Florida, and The Gecko Traveling Circus are currently being edited. Two short stories (Thatsa, The Rivers) were published in 2001-02 by Kudzu Monthly, a southern literature e-zine. His story Jubilee was published in the June 2006 issue of S, Albino Heart in the July 2006 issue of Southern Gothic, and Island In The Sky in the July/August 2006 issue of Muscadine Lines Magazine.