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Past Events

November 12th, 2020 @ 3:00pm (PST)

Etchings Press reading

Hosted by the University of Indianapolis on Zoom

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Etchings Press Contest Winners will offer short readings from their prize-winning chapbooks and novellas from Etchings Press. The four winners will read for around 10 minutes, and a Q&A will follow. The winners and genres are Tori Grant Welhouse in poetry, James R. Gapinski in short story, Peter J. Stavros in flash fiction, and Doug Ramspeck for the novella.

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August 15th, 2020 @ 2:00pm (PST)

Virtual reading and author talk

Hosted by The Conium Review on Zoom

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James R. Gapinski celebrates the launch of his new chapbook, Fruit Rot, alongside contributors to The Conium Review literary magazine. Readings from James R. Gapinski, Yongsoo Park, and Gina Rose. Q&A to follow with opportunities to win free books!

More about the event and readers here: http://coniumreview.com/blog/reading-web-features-fruit-rot/

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September 6th, 2018 @ 7:00pm

James R. Gapinski author reading

Another Read Through

3932 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

James R. Gapinski wraps up his reading tour with his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Join us at Another Read Through on Mississippi Avenue for a reading, Q&A, and book signing.

More on the venue here: https://www.anotherreadthrough.com/

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September 1st, 2018 @ 7:00pm

Reading and book signing

Eat My Words Bookstore

214 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55413

James R. Gapinski celebrates the release of his new novella, Edge of the Known Bus Line, at Eat My Words Bookstore. At this event, local and visiting writers will also share their work, with readings from Maya Beck, Madeline Reding, Kathryn Savage, and Erin Sharkey.

More on the venue here: http://www.eatmywordsbooks.com/

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August 31st, 2018 @ 6:30pm

James R. Gapinski in conversation with Maryse Meijer

City Lit Books

2523 N. Kedzie Blvd., Chicago, IL 60647

Join James R. Gapinski and Maryse Meijer for a conversation about writing, serial killers, public transit, and whatever else comes up. James will be reading a short excerpt from Edge of the Known Bus Line, and a book signing with James and Maryse will follow the conversation.

More on the venue here: https://www.citylitbooks.com

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August 30th, 2018 @ 7:00pm

Author reading, conversation, and book signing

Boswell Book Company

2559 N. Downer Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53211

Wisconsin native James R. Gapinski returns to his home state for a reading at Boswell book Company in the heart of Milwaukee. He’ll be sharing an excerpt from his new novella, Edge of the Known Bus Line. A short author conversation and book signing will follow.

More on the venue here: https://www.boswellbooks.com

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August 29th, 2018 @ 6:30pm
“Two Hour Transport”

Cafe Racer
5828 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

At this sci-fi and fantasy reading series, the event begins with an open mic sign-up. After the open readings conclude, James R. Gapinski shares his work as the featured reader.

More on the venue here: http://caferacerseattle.com

More on the reading series here: https://twohourtransport.wordpress.com

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May 26th, 2018

The Waypost

3120 N Williams Ave

Portland, OR 97227

Swing by The Waypost to celebrate the release of Edge of the Known Bus Line, a new book by James R. Gapinski, winner of the University of Indianapolis Etchings Press novella prize.

Laura Ellen Joyce says “This horrifying, bleak tale is also blackly comic. Swallow it whole.” Maryse Meijer raves “Edge of the Known Bus Line a bloody bible for our times.”

The event will include readings by the James R. Gapinski, Kate Garklavs, and TJ Fuller.

More on the venue here: http://www.thewaypost.com/

More on the book at the University of Indianapolis website.

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April 4th, 2018 @ 6:00pm

Oregon Writers’ Collective: Spring Seven

Old Nick’s Pub

211 Washington St

Eugene, OR 97401

The Oregon Writers’ Collective features literary life for the new Spring, from in and out of town. Readers include Erica Goss, Jake Vermaas, Diana Arterian, James R. Gapinski, Elyse Fenton, Carl Swart, and Michelle Penaloza.

The OWC’s mission is to foster a vibrant community that nurtures working literary writers, particularly those who are beginning or establishing their careers, by connecting them with audiences and providing opportunities to develop their craft.

Venue website: http://oldnickspub.com/

March 25th, 2018 @ 6:00pm

“Literary Zoo”

Beech St Parlor

412 NE Beech, Portland, Oregon 97212

Celebrate the launch of James R. Gapinski’s new flash collection, Messiah Tortoise, available from Red Bird Chapbooks.

Enjoy live readings from an eclectic group of Portland authors as we usher this little book into the world. Readers include James R. Gapinski, Alissa Hattman, Kevin Sampsell, Rose Swartz, & Chrys Tobey.

No cover charge.

More on the venue here: http://beechstreetparlor.com/

More on the chapbook here: https://redbirdchapbooks.com/content/messiah-tortoise

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Additional Past Readings

“Lit Level Up” // Lit Crawl Seattle // Raygun Lounge // 501 E. Pine St., Seattle, WA (8:00pm, October 22nd, 2015)

Lit.mustest Reading Series // Ravenna Third Place Books // Seattle, WA (February 2014)

Goddard College // Port Townsend, WA (July 2013)

Goddard College // Port Townsend, WA (February 2013)

The Miramar Theatre // Milwaukee, WI (December 2012)

Somethingesque Reading Series // The Jack London Longue // Portland, OR (November 2012)

Lit.mustest Reading Series // The Richard Hugo House // Seattle, WA (October 2012)

Somethingesque Reading Series // The Jack London Longue // Portland, OR (August 2012)

Somethingesque Reading Series // The Jack London Longue // Portland, OR (May 2012)

Lit.mustest Reading Series // The Richard Hugo House // Seattle, WA (May 2012)

Goddard College // Port Townsend, WA (February 2012)

Goddard College // Port Townsend, WA (July 2011)

Panels & Presentations

“Above the Noise: Navigating the Literary Magazine Arena” // Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference (October 1st, 2016)

“Risk and Reward: Experimentation in Contemporary Literature” // Prescott College Humanities and Social Justice Colloquium (April 8th, 2016)

“What the Heck Does Innovative Fiction Actually Mean?” // Co-Presenters: Carmiel Banasky, Matt Bell, Ashley Farmer, and Manuel Gonzales // Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference (April 1st, 2016)

“Beyond the Seven Basic Plots: An Exploration of Experimental Fiction” // Grub Street Muse & Marketplace Conference (May, 2015)

“New Media and the Role of Video Games in Composition Classrooms” // University of Massachusetts Boston Engaging Practices Conference (March, 2015)

“Beyond the Manuscript: An Editorial Reflection” // Prescott College Humanities and Social Justice Colloquium (November, 2014)

“Let’s Avoid a Quick Death, Please: Starting and Sustaining a New Literary Publication” // Co-Presenters: Matt Muth, Joshua Raab, and Stefanie Torres // Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference (February 2014)

“Digital Publishing: What Does it Mean for Writers?” // Co-Presenters: Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and Robyn Lynn // Goddard College (Fall 2012)

“Strategies for Teaching the Inquiry Lesson Format” // The Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies Conference (Summer 2008) and International Education Conference (Summer 2008)

“Overarching Tenets for Diversity in the Writing Center” // UW-Whitewater Writing Center Panel (Spring 2008)