Jaime Dunkle mixes the profound and profane in her prose with an altruism that stems from her tenure as a journalist. Her stories range from fiction to personal narrative and often blur between the two.
She’s performed her work at Show & Tell Gallery, Salon Skid Row, Get Nervous, The Bunker Series, The Hour That Stretches, Gilbert Road Grotesque, Let’s Talk About Sex, and Grief Rites. She curates the all-ages literary read, Donut Mind Readers, which is in the process of being revamped and relaunched as a series of seasonal workshops and stage shows.
Jaime started her career writing a silly advice column in a now-defunct strip club magazine called Underground. She went on to write counter-culture interviews for Suicide Girls and reported for news organizations such as The Oregonian and Digital Trends. She pursued multimedia journalism until media’s corporate agenda crushed her spirit. She abandoned traditional reporting to nourish her new-journalism essays, experimental flash-fiction, short stories, literary fiction, and screenwriting.
She’s the first of her immediate family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. She earned an associate’s degree in general studies at Clackamas Community College. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English (literature and film), with Cum Laude honors and minors in French and writing, from Portland State University.
The counter-culture literary hub, CLASH Media, published Jaime’s experimental flash story, Pain Flowers, in 2017. You can also read her personal narrative column, “Love in a Plain Brown Envelope,” and her flash fiction excerpts from her forthcoming book, Stripped in Pornland, in Exotic magazine online and in print. Other scribbles are posted here on her website.
Jaime currently lives just outside of Portland, Oregon in quaint downtown Milwaukie, the home of Dark Horse Comics.