James R. Gapinski

author, editor, educator

Books & Chapbooks

Fruit Rot

Etchings Press, July 2020

In this modern fable, a comic book writer and his artsy partner discover a magical tree in their backyard, able to cure any ailment with a single bite—but when the fruit rots, it reveals darker properties.

Edge of the Known Bus Line

Etchings Press, May 2018

In Edge of the Known Bus Line, a woman’s daily commute takes an abrupt turn when she’s dropped off in a grotesque shantytownThe narrator searches for a way out of this surreal hellscape while dredging up a few nightmares of her own.

Messiah Tortoise

Red Bird Chapbooks, January 2018

Messiah Tortoise contains ten linked stories, each taking place in the same zoo. Amid a collection that is fundamentally animalistic, readers gain several glimpses into what it means to be human.