Jim Ruland

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Jim Ruland is the author of the short story collection Big Lonesome (Gorsky Press) and the novel Forest of Fortune (Tyrus Books). He co-authored My Damage (Da Capo Press) with Kieth Morris of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and OFF! and Giving the Finger (Lyons Press) with Scott Campbell, Jr. of Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch.

His work has appeared in The Barcelona Review, The Believer, Black Warrior Review, Electric Literature, Esquire, Hobart, Granta, L.A. Weekly, Los Angeles Times, McSweeney's, Oxford American, Reader's Digest and Razorcake -- America's only non-profit punk rock zine.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the host of Vermin on the Mount, an irreverent re
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Big Lonesome

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message 10: by Cathy

Cathy You are my very first goodread friend! How's it going Jim?


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


Philip Kingry Jim, I just got a copy of" Big Lonesome" and am reading it. I did a book years ago for Bantam called: "The Monk and the Marines", Brian Brock knows it. I am having another book coming out this April called "The Cauldron of Light". I would like to send you an E-book disc from the gallies we are working on now. My e-mail address is: dot0209@yahoo. com

Send me an address where I can mail this to you.
I will be re-publishing "The Monk and the Marines" this Summer. And "South of the Padmah" in 2012 and "the Stone at the End of Time" in 2013.


message 7: by Jim

Jim It is! I'm eating a tamale wrapped in a banana leaf on the steps of a church in Oaxaca, Mexico.


message 6: by Jim

Jim Thanks very much, A.F.! Pleased to make your acquaintance.


William Hi Jim
Look forward to talking books
William Hazelgrove
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Rocket Man by William Elliott Hazelgrove


message 4: by Dylan

Dylan Jim! I miss those Vermin on the Mount evenings. We need them in DC. (You have any fiction friends here? I'm accepting introductions.) Say hello to Nuvia for me.



message 3: by Kirk

Kirk Hey man:

I was reading your dispatches from the Joyce conference on the Believer website from a few years back---good stuff! You made me want to try to do something similar about a Hemingway conference. Nice work!


message 2: by Jim (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:24AM)

Jim Thanks, Sue! Married life is gloriously strenuous.


message 1: by Susan (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:24AM)

Susan Henderson Well, now. You look different since you got married.

Great to see you here!


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