Jim Nye practices law in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1991 Nye published his first collection of poetry, After Shock: Poems and Prose from the Vietnam War based on his two tours of duty in Vietnam. The first tour was with the 101st Airborne and the second with the 5th Special Forces Group.
Nye has said of his war poems, "Some of these things happened, some did not. But that does not matter, because all are true. This is my attempt to realize and communicate that truth."