Jim Delmont, a teacher and writer, was theater and film critic for the Omaha World-Herald for 17 years, previously covering the Minneapolis-St. Paul theater and film scene for six years for WCCO AM Radio. As a journalist and critic, Jim´s articles and reviews have appeared in Financial Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Journal of Religion and Film, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Saturday Evening Post, Vieux Carre Courier, New Orleans Times-Picayune and, currently, Omaha City Weekly. He was also a book critic for KSJN, Minnesota Public Radio, and has been a member of the National Book Critics Circle for many years. He is also a member of the James Beard Society, a James Beard national restaurant judge who writes restaurant critiques for City Weekly.
With a PhD in Religion/History (Northwest University, South Africa), a Master´s in Literature (California State University at Dominguez Hills) a Master´s in American and European History (University of Maryland) and a bachelor´s degree in History and Humanities from the University of Minnesota, Jim has taught history and film studies in the Minnesota Community College System, film studies at the Minnesota High School for the Performing Arts, film history at Tulane, humanities at the University of Minnesota, and a variety of history courses at Creighton University, Metropolitan Community College (where he has also hosted film study seminars), and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (since 1990).
Jim has served as a judge for the Hot Shops Film Festival in Omaha, and has participated in the Willa Cather Spring Conference, the Missouri Valley Historians Conference, and the Nebraska Literature Festival. He read a portion of his Master´s thesis on Willa Cather, "Failure of Vision and Will," as a formal paper at the Cather Conference in 1994.
Jim´s first play, The Interrogation of Miriam of Nazareth, was produced in Paris in 2005 by Stephanie Campion and the Moving Parts Theatre and had a four-week run at Lorie Obradovich´s Baby D Productions in Omaha, earning three Theatre Arts Guild nominations and winning for "Outstanding New Script."
Jim is currently working on a novel, Day Trip, and a second play, The Waiting Room: a Near Death Comedy.