An Army brat, Jim Saine was born in Greenwood, South Carolina, in 1945, while his father was serving in the 3rd Infantry Division in World War II. Graduating from high school in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1963, he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy. He graduated from West Point in 1967 with a BS degree in Engineering and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infantry. A Ranger-qualified Master Parachutist, he served twenty-five years in the U.S. Army in a variety of operational units in Vietnam, Korea, Germany, and the United States (North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, Hawaii, Illinois, and Virginia), to include two tours with the 82nd Airborne Division. During his time on active duty, he earned an MA in English and American Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then taught English and American literature and writing at West Point for three years. He also taught military science (ROTC) for four years at Wheaton College (IL) in addition to joint military strategy and operations at the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College. Retiring from the Army as a lieutenant colonel in 1992, he and his family moved to Aiken, SC, where he worked as a training manager at the Savannah River Site for five years.
Mr. Saine then taught English and coached cross-country and track for fourteen years at the secondary school level in Georgia and South Carolina, the last eleven being at Aiken High School in Aiken, South Carolina. In addition to the three years teaching English full-time at West Point, he has taught literature and writing as an adjunct professor at Fayetteville State University (NC), Wheaton College (IL), Tidewater Community College (VA), and Aiken Technical College (SC). He has served as an adjunct English professor at the University of South Carolina Aiken since 2006. In addition to teaching literature, Mr. Saine’s short fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction have been published in The Petigru Review, Nights of Horseplay¸ The Art of Medicine in Metaphors, and The Christian Quarterly. One of his stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2013. He has written an unpublished novel entitled Man in the Pit. Mr. Saine and his wife of forty-eight years have four grown children and seven grandchildren and are members of the Midland Valley Community Church of the Nazarene. Mr. Saine’s hobbies include distance running/walking, vegetable gardening, fishing, reading, and writing both fiction and non-fiction.
Mr. Saine's classrooms are characterized by an emphasis in argumentative writing, a New Criticism method of analyzing literature, and a freedom to discuss one's personal beliefs and opinions without recrimination.