Nebraska Authors

Jim Crotty

AKA: James Marshall Crotty

Born Omaha, NE (USA)

Crotty has served as Director of Communications and Press Secretary for Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, 2016-Present (2020). He has had a long career as a freelance writer, journalist, and educator. He founded and published Monk Magazine, 1986-1998, billed as the world's first mobile magazine, published from his "Monkmobile," a roving 26 foot motor home. He has been a political columnist for the Huffington Post, education columnist for Forbes, film critic for the Santa Fe New Mexican, arts critic for THE Magazine, and travel correspondent for Playboy.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Evanston, IL
Chicago, IL
San Francisco, CA

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Travel Guides; Slang; Communications; Magazine Publisher


Christ the King Grade School, Omaha, NE
Creighton Prep, Omaha, NE
Bachelor of Science in speech, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Master of Arts in liberal arts, St. Johns College, Santa Fe, NM


Freelance Writer

Places Worked

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL


How to Talk American: A Guide to Our Native Tongues. 1997.
Mad Monks on the Road/a 47,000-Hour Dashboard Adventure-From Paradise, California, to Royal, Arkansas, and Up the New Jersey Turnpike. 1993. Co-author with Michael Lane.
Lonely Planet USA Phrasebook: English, Native American Languages & Hawaiian (Lonely Planet : Language Survival Kit). 1995. Co-author with Colleen Cotter, Eagle, Walking Turtle, Albert J. Schultz.
The Mad Monks' Guide to California (Frommer's Travel Guides). With co-author Michael Lane. 1999.
The Mad Monks' Guide to New York City (The Mad Monk's guides). With co-author Michael Lane. 1999.

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