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What Others Are Saying about My Long-Playing Records:
"Jespers has skillfully created a literary album of sorts, full of melodies that pop and hiss with real life. And because a variety of relationships—gay, straight, and paternal—are represented, Jespers is able to dig underneath the muddy web of identity to reveal the shared roots of all relationships; namely, vulnerability and trust." Foreword Clarion Review
"If I could describe Richard Jespers’ debut short story collection My Long-Playing Records in one word, it would be robust. Here is a succession of wholly independent tales, each one drawing the reader deeply into a completely fresh narrative." Marian Szczepanski, Author of Playing St. Barbara
"Richard Jespers knows just how to capture a zeitgeist moment in telling detail, without sentimentality. Listen to these stories as you would your favorite classic vinyl: taken as a whole or as separate tracks, they’ll reward your attention on multiple levels, again and again." Barbara Brannon, Co-author of The Paragraph Ranch and A Wedding at the Paragraph Ranch.
Raised in Wichita, Kansas, Richard Jespers has been writing fiction for over thirty years. He graduated from Southwestern College with a bachelor of music and then earned an MA in English from Texas Tech University. He went on to teach elementary and secondary English in the Lubbock, Texas, public schools. A Pushcart nominee for his short story “My Long-Playing Records,” which originally appeared in Boulevard, he has also been recognized by the Tennessee Writers Alliance as well as the Ledge fiction competition. His works have appeared in Storyglossia, Mochila Review, Oyez Review, Eclectica Magazine, Gihon River Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Blackbird, Chaffin Journal, and Cooweescoowee.
He currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with his long-time companion, Ken Dixon. Richard draws writing inspiration from Tennessee Williams, who once stated: “Any work that has any honesty and a sufficient degree of craftsmanship or power eventually finds an outlet.”