writer  •  editor  •  researcher
Jim Van Buskirk
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Jim Van Buskirk is a freelance writer, speaker and collections manager.

Jim co-authored (with Susan Stryker) Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area (Chronicle Books, 1996), and (with Will Shank) Celluloid San Francisco: The Film Lover’s Guide to Bay Area Movie Locations (Chicago Review Press, 2006). He co-edited the nonfiction anthologies Identity Envy: Wanting to Be Who We're Not (Harrington Park Press, 2007; co-editor Jim Tushinski) and Love, Castro Street: Reflections of San Francisco (Alyson Publications, 2007; co-editor Katherine V. Forrest). His essays and articles have been featured in various books, newspapers, magazines, radio broadcasts, and websites.

Jim appears in the documentary Not in Our Town: Northern California, representing “Reversing Vandalism,” the project in which mutilated library books were transformed into artworks. Formerly Program Manager of the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library from 1992 to 2007, Jim served as Book Group Coordinator at the Jewish Community Library. Jim currently works as a book group facilitator, writer, public speaker, and collections manager.

Jim is currently offering four unique talks (including audio-visual elements) suitable for universities, libraries, and cultural and community organizations.    More Information