Jim Lyle: grew up in the Panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, He lived there
until 1949. In college he majored in Philosophy and the History of
religion. He was in the US Air Force (active and reserve), and was a
Captain at discharge.
Jim was an AIBD Interior Designer and Space Planer in California, Oregon and
Washington. Work included Offices, Stores, Homes, Businesses, Military
Clubs, Casinos, Hotels and the initial survey recommendations for the
renovation of the Queen Mary. He was the director of Design in several
companies, and was a partner in Pacific Design Group in the Silicon Valley.
After closing that company, he turned to painting and writing. He taught
several years at San Jose State, was the First Literary Laureate of Lake
County, CA., and secured the ongoing two year program Lake County which is
now has its fifth Laureate. He is also a Member of “POETRIO” (a poetry
performance ensemble), and was one of the poetry editors for the Montserrat
His first book of Poetry and Prose, Things Seen in the Desert (approx 200
pages) published by Earthen Vessel Productions of Kelseyville, CA.
In 2003 Jim moved into the California Veterans Home (in the heart of the
Napa Valley in Yountville) where he continues to write and is active in
regional literary readings and events.
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