Richard J. Lopez
Erie, PA

Web-site: The Vortex


Assistant Editor / Baseball Prospectus Online. June 30, 2008 to June 30, 2009.
Baseball Prospectus, Inc.

LUCILLE, A Reverential Journal of the Care of the Beloved Hag.
An account of my Grandmother dying in my home, 2000-2001.

Time Stops: A Book About Baseball.
Text by Rick Lopez, photographs by Art Becker, Forty Publishing, 1998.

Baseball & the 10,000 Things.
A state-of-mind periodical with subscribers on four continents, 1994-1995.

Kangaroo Court Publishing, Founder, publisher, editor.
A small press specializing in limited edition chapbooks, freelance book and graphic design, and the initial volumes of Todd Moore's Dillinger Series.
    Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grants, 1984-1989.

    Design for Airs & Tributes, by South African expatriate Dennis Brutus (Whirlwind Press, Philadelphia). A limited edition presentation volume, First Annual Paul Robeson Award, 1988.

    Feature article on Kangaroo Court Publishing, Small Press Magazine, 1988.

    Formica Corporation Grant, for first application of Formica Color-Core as a book boards material, for the limited edition of Tony Moffeitt's Boogie Alley, 1988.

    Cover story on Kangaroo Court Publishing, Chicago Reader (Todd Moore's Dillinger Series), 1989.
An Appreciation of Samuel Beckett, The Erie Times-News Showcase, March 1, 1990.

Book, music, and theatre reviews of local and regional publications and performances, The Erie Times-News, 1980-1985.

Poetic Wax, a record review column, in the monthly Tic Toc Rock, 1982-1984.

Common Carrier, a cab driving diary and tapes transcription column, in the weekly City Voice, 1980-1982.


Prose and Poetry Readings at Universities, Arts Festivals, and performance spaces:
    The Pennsylvania State University, The Behrend College, Readings, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989; The Smith Reading Series, 1995 and 2001.

    H. O. Hirt Auditorium, Raymond M. Blasco Memorial Library, 1998.

    California University of Pennsylvania, 1988.

    Art Works Theatre, 1983-1988.


Author of state-of-the-art research documents charting the histories of several important musicians working in the creative-improv genre, 1997-present.

Sessionographies (all known play dates and media):
"Attempting a complete historical arc."
Pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist William Parker (and the related artist A.R. Penck's LP discography), tenor sax legend Sam Rivers, the late reedman Glenn Spearman, and free-jazz titan David S. Ware.

Discographies (Official releases only):
Bassist Reggie Workman, pianist Matthew Shipp, guitarist Joe Morris, drummer Susie Ibarra, and violinist Mat Maneri.

Invited by Sam Rivers, RivBea Studios, Columbia University, and WKCR-FM to attend the landmark Sam Rivers' reunion concert at Coulmbia's Miller Theatre on Broadway in May, 2007.

Began a decade-long project to put into print The Sam Rivers Sessionography, with the assistance of Sam Rivers, the RivBea Studios and Archive, Columbia University's WKCR-FM in New York, and the newly created RivBea Research Collective, 2006-present.

Research assistant for Dr. Brent Hayes Edwards of Rutgers University. Book forthcoming on the loft jazz scene, Alternate Tracks: The Politics of Experimentation and Collaboration in New York Jazz, 1972-1982, 2006-present.

Research assistant for jazz writer Ed Hazell. Book forthcoming from University of Michigan Press on one of my main research subjects, musician William Parker, 2004-present.

Founding member of The Cecil Taylor Research Group and the Cecil Taylor Online Sessionography along with researchers in the United States, Austria, Sweden, and Spain, 2005-present.

Member of the AnthonyBraxtonProject Research Group, creating the Anthony Braxton Gigography, 2006-2007.

Discographies and Sessionographies cited and referenced in The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz: 3 Volumes, ed. Barry Kernfeld (Second Edition, Oxford University Press), 2003.

Marilyn Crispell Sessionography used on Parker / Guy / Lytton and Marilyn Crispell: Evan Parker's High Tide, a CD-ROM multimedia adaptation of BBC Radio 3's Jazz on 3 (British Broadcasting Company, London, UK), 2000. CD-ROM was included as a special subscriber insert with The WIRE Magazine Issue #200, December 2002.

Essay on research involved in the Sam Rivers Sessionography, published in BimHUIS 25: Stories of Twenty-Five Years, ed. Kevin Whitehead (BIMHUIS, Amsterdam), 1999.

Notations, mentions, and references to these documents appear both on issued recordings, and in print articles in The WIRE (UK), Coda (Canada), Signal to Noise (US), and numerous other publications.


if/then & if/then/what, improvisational Duo & Trio, 2006-present.

Joseph Allen Popp's Weirdo Theatre Orkeztra, rock/improv sextet, 2003-2011.

Innumerable performances in electronic, orchestral, ethnic, and experimental musical ensembles, 1974-present.

Blood Pudding, rock quartet, 1990-1992.

Field Theory, jazz power trio, 1984-1993.

Ape, new music duo, 1983-1987.
(Included on Virgin Records' New American Music cassette samplers released in Europe.)

Charles Ventrello's Concourse, jazz quintet, 1974-1984.
(Soundtrack for PBS Documentary Law Day.)


QuaQua Productions, founder and director. A regional theatre company devoted to staging Samuel Beckett's one-act plays, 1981-1985.

Numerous theatrical productions as sound and lighting technician, props master, orchestra member, and production assistant, 1980-1984.

Co-Director, "Alternative Arts Series," a five-month long, 75-production extravaganza for the Erie Art Museum, which included film series, dance programs, jazz concerts, installation art, comedy improv, guest director series, benefit concerts, gallery exhibits, and workshops, 1984.


Member, The Cormac McCarthy Scholarly Society, 2007-present.
Panelist, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Literature Panel, 1986-1989.
Member, The Samuel Beckett Scholarly Society, 1980-1989.


Gannon University, Erie, PA. One year of course work toward B.A. degree, 2005-2006 (ongoing); current GPA: 4.0.

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 three decades.

Created a course for Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA: "I Can't Go On; I'll Go On..." The Works of Samuel Beckett, 1983.


Everything Mac; Adobe Pagemaker and Photoshop; Dreamweaver; Fireworks; Microsoft WORD; Transfinder Routing software.


Maintaining our backyard urban bird habitat and garden; watching baseball closely while not allowing any external buffeting to distract me from its beauty; working up a stageplay; more music research; films, especially The Criterion Collection DVDs; reading everything.


Born May 3, 1953, Erie, PA / U.S. Citizen
Male, happily married for twenty years to Sandra MacGlaughlin-Lopez
Son: Aaron G. Lopez, Grandson: Dominic A. Lopez, Granddaughter: Alaina Lopez


Dr. David A. Lawrence
(APBA Journal, Negro Leagues Researcher, Advisor to Hall of Fame Veterans Commitee)
POB 357
Saratoga, CA 95071-0357

Dr. Diana Hume George
Professor of English Emerita
Faculty Mentor, Goucher College MFA Program in Nonfiction
Co-Director, Chautauqua Writers' Festival
(Call for phone reference or request letter via e-mail.)

Dr. Suzanne Richard
Associate Professor, Theology Department and History Department
Director, Gannon University Institute for Archaeological Research
Principal Investigator and Co-Director, Archaeological Expedition to Khirbet Iskander, Jordan
Gannon University  Erie, PA 16541

Brent Hayes Edwards
Associate Professor of English
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1167

John Vanco
Director, Erie Art Museum
411 State Street, Erie, PA 16501

Ed Hazell
Freelance Writer
38 Alpine Street
Somerville, MA 02144

Alan Saul
(Eric Dolphy Discography)
Dept. of Ophthalmology
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, GA 30912