Gapinski_HeadshotJames R. Gapinski holds an MFA in Creative Writing with a Fiction concentration from Goddard College and an MA in Humanities with a Postmodern Literary Studies concentration from Prescott College. He’s managing editor of The Conium Review and Conium Press, and he’s associate faculty at Ashford University. He has also 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 chapbook, Messiah Tortoise, is forthcoming from Red Bird Chapbooks. His fiction has appeared in The CollapsarJukedLunch TicketMonkeybicycleNANO Fiction, Psychopomp, SmokeLong QuarterlyWord Riot, and elsewhere. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his partner and a collection of 8-bit video games.


  • Gold Line Press Chapbook Competition Finalist, 2016
  • The Luminaire Award Semifinalist, Alternating Current Press, 2016
  • Tethered by Letters F(r)iction Flash Fiction Contest Finalist, 2016
  • The Molotov Cocktail Flash Phenom Contest Honorable Mention, 2016
  • Queen’s Ferry Press Best Small Fictions Nominee, 2016
  • Glimmer Train Stories Very Short Fiction Award Finalist, 2014
  • NANO Prize Finalist, 2014
  • Prescott College Fellowship Recipient, 2013-2016
  • Line Zero Flash Fiction Contest Winner, 2012
  • UW-Whitewater University Writing Award Winner, 2008
  • Burrows Award Winner, 2008
  • Angela Peckenpaugh Writing Award Winner, 2007
  • J. J. Rao Award Winner, 2007