James R. Gapinski is the author of Messiah Tortoise, forthcoming from Red Bird Chapbooks in 2018. His short fiction has appeared in The CollapsarJukedLunch TicketMonkeybicycleNANO FictionPaper DartsPsychopompSmokeLong QuarterlyWord Riot, and elsewhere. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his partner and a collection of 8-bit video games.

James holds an MFA in Fiction from Goddard College and an MA in Postmodern Literary Studies concentration from Prescott College. He’s managing editor of The Conium Review and Conium Press, associate faculty at Ashford University, and an Instructional Specialist at Chemeketa Community College. Previously, he has taught writing courses at Mt. Hood Community College, Pueblo Community College, and Bunker Hill Community College.

James has presented at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, the International Education Conference, the Write on the Sound Conference, and other events. His scholarly projects have focused on experimental fiction and the role of new media in writing curriculum.