James R. Gapinski lives with their partner in Portland, Oregon.

Pronouns: he/him & they/them.


James is the author of the novella Edge of the Known Bus Line, winner of the 2018 Etchings Press Novella Prize, named to  Kirkus Reviews‘ Best Books of 2018, and a finalist for the 2019 Montaigne Medal. They are also the author of three chapbooks: The Last Dinosaurs of Portland, Fruit Rot, and Messiah Tortoise. Their short fiction has appeared in The CollapsarHobartF(r)iction, Juked, Monkeybicycle, Paper DartsPsychopompSmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. James is actively seeking representation for their novel.


James is managing editor of The Conium Review and Conium Press, a boutique literary publisher in Portland, Oregon. The review and press specialize in innovative and experimental fiction, with an focus on women, writers of color, writers with disabilities, LGBTQIA2S+ authors, and other historically marginalized writing communities. Work from the press has been selected for the Queen’s Ferry Press Best Small Fictions anthology, placed in the Vestal Review Award, long-listed for the Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions, and selected for the Ploughshares “Best Short Story” feature.


James is an adjunct professor in Southern New Hampshire University’s MFA program, and they’re an instructional specialist at Chemeketa Community College. Previously, they have taught writing courses at Ashford University, Bunker Hill Community College, Pueblo Community College, and Mt. Hood Community College. James has presented at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, the International Education Conference, the Write on the Sound Conference, and other events. Their scholarly projects have focused on experimental literature and the role of new media and videogames in writing curriculum.

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