Jason Kapcala grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania, and as a child, would pass the ruins of the defunct Bethlehem Steel Works whenever he crossed over the Lehigh River Bridge. The cold blast furnaces lit orange by the security lights in late winter and the boundless scar of the Number 2 Machine Shop forged a lasting impression, and ever since, he has worked to recreate those feelings of post-industrial struggle from his trips through the forgotten empire.
He now lives in northern West Virginia along the Monongahela River where he continues to find inspiration in the frozen industry of Appalachia. When he’s not writing and researching, he enjoys reading, cooking, rock and roll, traveling to various hot dog stands to find the perfect “West Virginia slaw dog," and muscling his Dodge Challenger along the twisting back roads and narrow hollers of the Mountain State. His short story collection North to Lakeville will be published in June 2017 on Urban Farmhouse Press. He is also currently shopping a novel Hungry Town and is working on his next project, a novel about a small-time rock band from a ghost town in central Pennsylvania.