Jim has three published memoirs, Cretin Boy, Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir, and The Portland House: A '70s Memoir. He also has five poetry collections, Thoughts From a Line at the DMV, Genetically Speaking, Reciting from Memory, Written Life and On a Road. His nonfiction has been published in Main Street Rag, The Sun Magazine, and others. His poetry has been featured in Orchard Poetry Journal, Blue Heron Review and many others. He lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin with his wife and enjoys fishing, kayaking, biking and camping. Jim was the 2018-2019 poet laureate for the Village of Wales, Wisconsin.
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Jim Landwehr and his brothers pursue their love of the outdoors by tackling some of the country's most remote terrain, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. While encountering crazed loons, widow-making portages, and temperamental automobiles, they also discover more about each other and their long-
Cretin High School, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota was a Catholic, all-male, military academy that brought unique twists to the already difficult high school experience. Cretin Boy is a coming of age story with a military dress code, a coming to faith story while smoking in the boy’s room.
The Portland House takes you into the lives of a widow and her six children as they put down roots in an average Midwestern house in Minnesota 1970. It welcomes you to the crowded dinner table, where hotdish is a weekly staple and table manners sometimes take a back seat to kids being kids.
Many of Landwehr’s serious poems have a humorous side, and he sneaks seriousness into the humorous ones while analyzing and poking some fun at parenting teens, reaching middle age, and the human condition.
Genetically Speaking ventures into the numerous facets of fatherhood.