J. Timothy Hunt
|James Timothy Hunt|
April 1, 1959 |
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Pen name||Tim Beiser|
|Genre||Non-fiction, children's fiction, science fiction|
Hunt was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and attended university in Montana, receiving a B.S. in Economics and Business Administration from Rocky Mountain College in 1981. He became a Canadian citizen in 2004, and resides in Toronto, Canada, and Grignan, France, with his husband, Morton Beiser and twin sons, Daniel and Rowan.
During his 16 years as a resident of New York City, he became known as a playwright and author of science fiction short stories. His plays Angel Fire and The Lunatic were presented Off-Off Broadway. His short fiction can be found in the anthologies Lovers and Other Monsters and Don't Open This Book, both published by Doubleday. He has been writer in residence three times at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and was the founder of The Writers’ Workout creative writing studio in New York. He received a B.A.A. in Journalism from Toronto’s Ryerson University in 1999.
Hunt has written for many publications in Canada, including National Post Business, Toronto Life, Elm Street, Reader's Digest, and Saturday Night. A feature article in Saturday Night in June 2000 about Owens Wiwa, brother of controversially-executed Nigerian environmentalist Ken Saro-Wiwa, was expanded in 2005 into a book about the ordeal, The Politics of Bones.
In 2007, Hunt began writing children's fiction for Tundra Books under the pseudonym Tim Beiser. He is the author of Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog published by Tundra Books (2009). In his "fresh" rhyming verses, Beiser employs "all the tricks of the trade, such as enjambment, sound echoes, and internal rhyme."
As J. Timothy Hunt
- The Politics of Bones
- Killing Time in Taos
- Madame de Sévigné and Her Children at the Court of Versailles, translator
As Tim Beiser
Awards and recognitions
List of awards
- Canada Council for the Arts: "The Marquise Skull Affair," (Creative Writing Grant), 2007
- Canadian National Magazine Award: "For Better or Worse?" (Nominee, Best Essay), 2006
- Canada Council for the Arts: "The Politics of Bones," (Creative Writing Grant), 2001
- Canadian National Magazine Award: "The politics of bones," (Nominee, Best Profile), 2001
- Canadian National Magazine Award: "Moving target," (Nominee, Best Technology Article), 2001
- Canadian National Magazine Award: "An Incredible Hodgepodge of Weirdness," (Nominee, Best Profile), 2000
- James H. Carter Award, 1999
- Mark Bastien Award: "An Incredible Hodgepodge of Weirdness," (Best Article), 1999
- AJEMC Award: "An Incredible Hodgepodge of Weirdness," (silver), 1999
- Gordon Sinclair Award, 1998
- Chinese Community Award, 1998
- Women's Press Club of Toronto Award, 1998
- Poets & Writers' Jean Paiva Award:"Best New Writer," 1993
As Tim Beiser
- Governor General's Award, Children's Literature Illustration, 2009 (Nominee)
- Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award 2010—Children's Picture Book of the Year (Nominee)
- Ontario Library Association's 2010 Forest of Reading, Blue Spruce Award (Nominee) 
- Canadian Toy Testing Council, Top 10 Books of the year 2010.
- Chocolate Lily Book Awards 2010-2011, Picture book (Nominee) 
- Sarah Ellis, Quill & Quire: Canada's magazine of book news and reviews (January 2009 issue)
- "29th Annual National Magazine Awards" (PDF).
- Hunt, J. Timothy (June 2005). "For Better or Worse?". Saturday Night. Archived from the original on 2005-06-21.