Jim Ruland is the author of the award-winning novel Forest of Fortune and the short story collection Big Lonesome. He is the co-author of My Damage with Keith Morris, founding member of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and OFF!, and Giving the Finger with Scott Campbell, Jr. of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch.

Jim writes about books for San Diego CityBeatgambling for Eephus and punk rock for Razorcake America’s only non-profit independent music zine. He also writes book reviews for the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Jim’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Believer, Esquire, Granta, Hobart and Oxford American, and has received awards from Reader’s Digest and the National Endowment for the Arts. He runs the Southern California-based reading series Vermin on the Mount, now in its thirteenth year, and is a member of the Golondrina arts collective in Barrio Logan.

Jim is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and has worked as a copywriter for advertising agencies, entertainment enterprises, and Indian casinos. He is an avid enthusiast of punk rock music, tattoo culture and strong coffee. Jim lives and works in San Diego, California.


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Vermin on the Mount
The Floating Library
Thunderclap Casino


Jim: verminonthemount at yahoo dot com
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