Photograph of author James R. Gapinski

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

Pronouns: 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 CollapsarHeavy Feather ReviewF(r)iction, Juked, Monkeybicycle, Paper DartsPsychopompSmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. James is actively seeking representation for their short story collection.


James is managing editor of Conium Press, a boutique literary publisher in Portland, Oregon. The press specializes in innovative and experimental fiction, with a 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 Director of TRIO Student Support Services at Portland Community College. Previously, they have taught writing courses at Ashford University, Bunker Hill Community College, and Pueblo 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, interactive learning, and the role of new media & videogames in writing curriculum.

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