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About Chapbooks

A few hundred years ago, chapbooks were pamphlets of popular tales or ballads, hawked in the streets for pennies. 21st century echapbooks are the contemporary equivalent with the potential for reaching many more readers than do limited print editions. See Marko Fong's two-part manifesto on electronic chapbooks (Historical Perspective and Now and Future), published October 19-20, 2012 in the Flash Fiction Chronicles.

Toulouse Lautrec: The Chap Book

If you share our enthusiasm for the stories, poems and memoirs on this site, as well as our conviction that authors should be paid for their work, we hope you will consider supporting us with a donation. Details here.

Another way to support us is by purchasing the Kindle or Smashwords version of our echapbooks. Links to these may be found on the e-Store page.


Wordrunner eChapbooks


Richard Gustafson, Fiction/Nonfiction Editor
Richard GustafsonRichard Gustafson lives near Sebastopol, California, where he reads, writes fiction and manages his rural property. He is a contributing member of the Iota Writers' Group. Retired from a career in financial services, he was educated at the University of Virginia and the University of Southern California, earning a master's degree in International Political Economy and completing Ph.D. coursework in International Relations. Richard has served on national boards on behalf of the U.S. Greens and the Continental Bioregional Congress, has traveled much of the planet and maintains an ongoing interest in promoting social ecology and global sustainability initiatives. When at home he writes and critiques with a fine, but not overly sharp pen.

Jo-Anne Rosen, Publisher/Editor
Jo-Anne RosenJo-Anne's fiction has appeared in Other Voices, The Florida Review, The Summerset Review, Pithead Chapel, Lime Hawk, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Redux, flashfiction.net and other journals and been nominated for a Pushcart prize. Her stories have been performed at the New Short Fiction Series in Hollywood, California, and by Off the Page Readers Theater in Sonoma County. She is a book designer and small press publisher, who established Wordrunner Publishing Services in the 80s, a print chapbook service in the 90s, and Wordrunner eChapbooks in 2008. Her first collection of stories, What They Don't Know, was independently published in May 2015. For details, see: www.joannerosen.us

Linda Saldaña, Fiction Editor
Linda SaldanaLinda Saldaña has left behind years of writing facts (newspaper reporting, technical writing) and is now finding truth in fiction.  Her work has been published in Bust Out Stories, Barnaby Review, Fifty-Word Stories, and Every Day Fiction, and has been performed by Off the Page Readers and at the Ross Valley Players' RAW (Ross Alternative Works) Festival. 

Nick ValdezNick Valdez, Memoir/Nonfiction Editor
Nick writes, edits, and lives in Santa Rosa, California. Before becoming a freelance developmental editor of fiction and nonfiction, he taught university writing across several disciplines for over a decade. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from UC Riverside

Amanda Yskamp, Poetry Editor
Rache (link to Amanda's page)Amanda is a poet and writer living on the banks of the Russian River. With degrees from UC/Berkeley and NYU, she works as a writing instructor and freelance writer. She has published her writing in such magazines as Threepenny Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Georgia Review, and Caketrain. Amanda is also the talented graphic artist who designs covers for our anthologies and the header for these pages. The handwriting in the collage is George Orwell's. “RACHE” appears in Nonbinary Review, Issue 9.

Nancy Bourne (1939-2021), Fiction Editor Emeritus
Nancy BourneOur dear friend and ardent eChapbook supporter and team member lost her battle with cancer on March 11, 2021. We grieve this incalculable loss to all who loved Nancy as well as to the literary sphere. Her recent publications included stories in The Summerset Review, Forge, The South Carolina Review. Persimmon Tree, Bluestem, Shadowgraph, and other literary journals. Her fiction has been thrice nominated for a Pushcart. See: www.nancybourne.us for an up-to-date list of journal and book publications. Nancy's collected published stories are now available from Wordrunner Press in one book, Somewhere A Phone Is Ringing. See: wordrunner.com/books/bourne-somewhere.html

Marko Fong, Fiction/Memoir Editor Emeritus
Marko writes a variety of fiction, creative non-fiction, and occasional poetry. He has published in Memoir (and), Eclectica, Grey Sparrow Journal, Northville Review, The Puritan, Solstice, and several other journals. His fiction has been nominated for a PEN/OHenry prize and three times for a Pushcart. Marko is presently the nonfiction editor for Eclectica.

Karen Pierce Gonzalez, Poetry Editor Emeritus
Karen Pierce GonzalezKaren Pierce Gonzalez's fiction and non-fiction have appeared in several publications including San Francisco Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Lagom, Visual Verse, Zahir: Unforgettable Tales, Postcard Poems and Prose, and Thimble Literary Magazine. A former journalist and Pushcart Prize nominee, she has earned awards from Farmhouse Magazine, National League of American Pen Women, California Writers Association, and others. A public relations specialist and folklorist, she is also a mixed-media artist. www.karenpiercegonzalez.blogspot.com

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