James William Ure

The merit of my work is up to my reader, and whether you live more intensely because of it, as Elizabeth Drew said, is a good measure of it.

I write because it is guaranteed to keep me in the moment as words splash down on the page. It also provides me with preposterous notions of immortality. It can be awful drudgery or sheer pleasure to place a written word on a page. It is the hardest work I have ever done, including thinning sugar beets.

I blame errors on Roy Hobbs, my preefrooder. If you find something in my work you don’t like, be it a literary effort or a typo, please lay it off on him. He is not perfect.

I love western America.

I love the conflicts of Mormonism.

I love a good river with trout in it.

I am fascinated by World War II history, especially aviation history.

I love my literary agent and the editors who make me and Roy look good.

I’m happily surprised at how well my children turned out.

– J.W.U





Gardner and Grace Publishers  


  • The Utah Arts Council: Utah’s Best Novel, 2011, Skywriting
  • Utah’s Best Non-Fiction book, 1993, Looking for Regalis
  • 2nd place Utah’s Best Memoir, 2003, Polio Boys
  • 2nd Place, Utah’s Best Juvenile Book, 2014. Sula Eats the Sea
  • 1st Place, personal essay, Utah Arts Council 2015 Writing Competition, “The Other Amelia.”


  • A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Utah Arts Council for Leaving the Fold.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Utah on a scholarship from the Society of Professional Journalists
  • Attended graduate school on a fellowship awarded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation as part of a series of writing competitions.


  • International Travel News; feature stories beginning in 2006 include “Paris for the Holidays;” “Amsterdam, Croatia and Scotland;” “Texel: Europe’s Last WWII Battleground,” (October, 2014).
  • Flyfishing magazine: “Strawberry Trout” (1983).


Five years staff writing and editing, The Salt Lake Tribune Advertising management, Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati. 
Former executive director of the Sundance Film Festival. 
Owner of an advertising and public relations firm. 
Publicist, Taft Entertainment. 
Animal handler, Walt Disney Studios.