Jim Ruland: writer, sailor, punk, rat


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. He is currently working on a book with Bad Religion.

Jim writes about books for San Diego CityBeat 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, Electric LiteratureEsquire, 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 fourteenth year, and is a member of the Golondrina arts collective in Barrio Logan.

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


Tumblr: JimVermin
Twitter: @JimVermin
Facebook: JimVermin
Instagram: JimVermin
Goodreads: Jim Ruland

Vermin on the Mount
The Floating Library
Thunderclap Casino


Jim: verminonthemount at yahoo dot com
Representation: Peter McGuigan at Foundry + Media