Jaime Dunkle mixes the profound and profane in her prose with an altruism that stems from her tenure as an award-winning journalist. Her stories range from fiction to personal narrative and often blur between the two.
She’s performed raw memoir and magical tales of depravity at Show & Tell Gallery, Salon Skid Row, Get Nervous, Tony’s Talkin’ To, Gilbert Road Grotesque, Small Press Night at the Mercado, Let’s Talk About Sex, and Grief Rites. She also curated the all-ages literary read, Donut Mind Readers.
Jaime broadcasted surreal stream of consciousness and melancholic poetry on KBOO radio and occasionally wrote and acted in ritual theater and performance art as a youth and young adult. Her publishing debut was a silly advice column in a now-defunct strip-club magazine called Uncovered. She went on to write counter-culture interviews for Suicide Girls and reported for news organizations such as The Oregonian and Digital Trends. Jaime also dabbled in stand-up comedy and considers herself a humorist. She wrote for and acted in the weekly sketch-comedy variety talk show, the Chuck ‘N’ Buck Show at Dante’s in downtown Portland. She professionally pursued multimedia journalism until media’s corporate agenda crushed her spirit. She abandoned traditional reportage to nourish her new-journalism essays, experimental flash-fiction, short stories, literary fiction, and screenwriting.
She’s the first and only 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 lit hub, CLASH Media, published Jaime’s experimental flash-fiction 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 from 2016 to 2019. Other scribbles are posted here on her website.
Jaime spent her early childhood in Palm Beach County, Florida but moved with friends to the Pacific Northwest as a rebellious teen. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon near her favorite cemetery.