Richard J. Lopez

3016 French Street, Erie 16504 | 814.679.2413 |

Profile Music research, CDL driver, writer, publisher, arts event producer, musician.


Independent Music Researcher, Erie, PA  —  01/1997 to Present
Proprietor | Created discographies (official releases), and sessionographies (all known recorded media and play
dates) for over a dozen historically important musicians, including books—The Sam Rivers Sessionography
(The Vortex, 2023) and The William Parker Sessionography (Centering Publishing, 2014), and online documents
on Marilyn Crispell, Marco Eneidi, Mary Halvorson, David S. Ware, and Glenn Spearman.
Research is cited world-wide in magazines (The Wire, Coda, Jazz Times, Signal to Noise...), newspapers, and
CD liner notes, as well as The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, BBC-London, Bimhuis (Amsterdam), and others.

Creative Learning Childcare, Erie, PA  —  06/2019 to Present
Driver | School bus driver shuttlling local school districts. Responsible for trip inspections, safe transport of
students, maintenance checks, and fueling the bus.

First Student America, Erie, PA  —  06/2009 to 04/2019
Driver | School bus driver for Montessori Regional Charter School campuses servicing city of Erie students.
Responsible for trip inspections, safe transport of students, maintaining order, and maintenance checks.

First Student America, Erie, PA   —  06/2012 to 06/2016
Router | Worked with Transfinder routing software to create and maintain school bus routes for public and
private schools in Millcreek Township and private schools in Erie, PA. Responsible for communicating with
parents, school administration, and drivers on bus assignments. Kept up-to-date database of students in
Transfinder and Excel that incorporated alternate stops, special needs students, and field trips.

Baseball Prospectus, Columbus, OH   —  06/2008 to 06/2009
Assistant Editor | Worked with senior editor and all staff writers to edit and prepare multiple articles for
publication at,,, and other outlets. Created article headlines and
synopses and header photos on a daily basis. Assistant editor for the 2009 Baseball Prospectus Annual.

Various Contractors, Erie PA  —  09/1985 to 06/2008
Solid Surface Fabricator | Fabrication and installation of solid surface countertops, including Corian, LG
Solid, Avonite, etc. Worked for Robertson Kitchens, Dovetail Gallery, Fine Lines Wood Design, Erie Solid
Surface, and others.
Cabinet Maker | Fabrication and installation of kitchen cabinets, office furniture, and various architectural
elements for sites in Erie, PA, Las Vegas, NV, Detroit, MI, and Washington, DC. Experience in restoration
work and ship-building projects. Worked for Dovetail Gallery, Fine Lines Wood Designs, and others.

Kangaroo Court Publishing, Erie PA  —  01/1984 to 10/1989
Editor & Publisher | Editor and Publisher, producing fine, limited edition chapbooks and the multi-volume
Dillinger Series. Placed books in libraries and University collections worldwide. Consistently favorable
reviews in the national press; feature articles in Small Press Magazine (1988); cover story in the Chicago
(1988). Recipient of yearly grants from PA Council on the Arts; Formica Corp. Grant for first
application of Colorcore as a book-boards material.
Provided book design, graphic services, and consultation to other small press publishers.

Skills Proficient in use of Adobe Creative Suite CS6—Dreamweaver, InDesign, and Photoshop; and Microsoft Office.


Author, Designer | The Sam Rivers Sessionography, 768pp., 560+ illustrations,
The Vortex, PA (2023)

Author, Designer | The William Parker Sessionography, 478pp., 350+ illustrations,
Centering Publishing, NY (2014)

Author | Lucille: A Reverential Journal of the Care of the Beloved Hag,
a hospice care journal/newsletter (2000-01)

Author | Prose and Poetry Readings at Universities, arts festivals, performance spaces (1983-98),
and as guest speaker for The Smith Reading Series at The Pennsylvania State University,
The Behrend College (1997 and 2000)

Author | Essay in Bimhuis 25: Stories of Twenty-Five Years, ed. Kevin Whitehead
Bimhuis, Amsterdam (1999)

Author | Time Stops, book/photo-essay, with photographer Art Becker,
Forty Publishing, PA, (1998)

Author | Baseball & the 10,000 Things, periodical with an international subscriber base (1994-95)

Author | “An Appreciation of Samuel Beckett,” Erie Times-News Showcase (1990)

Book Design | Airs & Tributes, by South African expatriate Dennis Brutus, a limited edition presentation
volume for the First Annual Paul Robeson Award (Whirlwind Press, Philadelphia, 1989)

Book Design | Moving the Dunes, by Kenneth Sonnenberg, a memorial presentation volume
for The Kenneth Jonathan Sonnenberg Fund
(Penn State at Erie, The Behrend College, 1988)

Author | “Poetic Wax” record review column Tic Toc Rock (1982-84)

Author | “Common Carrier” taxi diary/tape transcriptions, City Voice (1980-82)

Misc. Arts

Producer | Concerts of Mary Halvorson and William Parker ensembles, including financing, tech work,
logistics, and public relations. (2016 to present)

Musician | Performances in jazz, rock, improv, electronic, orchestral, ethnic, and experimental ensembles

Stage | Theatrical productions as Director, media tech, props master, orchestra member,
and production assistant (1980 to 2012)

Panelist | Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Literature Panel (1986-89)

Producer | Co-Director of The Alternative Arts Series, a five-month, 80-production event
for the Erie Art Museum (1984)

Member | The Samuel Beckett Scholarly Society (1980-89)


GED diploma; Gannon University, Erie, PA—two years of coursework toward BA degree,
GPA: 4.0 (2005-06)
I have been a professional writer, publisher, editor, performing artist, researcher, and scholar,
largely self-educated, yet recognized by my peers locally and internationally for over four decades


Rebecca Styn / Room 33 (Proprietor); Erie Innovation District (VP, Ventures) — 530 Vermont, Erie, PA 16505
(814) 881-9791;

John Vanco / Director (retired), Erie Art Museum — 1317 Parade Street, Erie, PA 16503
(814) 881-6823;

Stephanie McIntosh / School Director, Creative Learning Childcare — 2312 West 15th Street, Erie, PA 16505
(814) 454-5437;

John Johnston / Social Security Public Affairs Specialist, Philadelphia Region — 304 W 10th Street, Erie, PA 16502
(814) 450-8810;

Ed Hazell / Journalist, Freelance — 38 Alpine Street, Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 501-9070;