Gregg Sapp, a native Ohioan, is a Pushcart Prize-nominated writer, librarian, college teacher and academic administrator. He is the author of the “Holidazed” series of downright funny satires (Evolved Publishing), each of which is centered around a different holiday. Previous books include Dollarapalooza (Switchgrass Books, 2011) and Fresh News Straight from Heaven (Evolved Publishing, 2018), based upon the life and folklore of Johnny Appleseed. He has published humor, poetry, and short stories in Defenestration, Waypoints, Semaphore, Kestrel, Zodiac Review, Top Shelf, Marathon Review, and been a frequent contributor to Midwestern Gothic, and others. Gregg lives in Tumwater, WA.
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FRESH NEWS STRAIGHT
American Historical Fiction
In a desperate act of faith, Johnny Appleseed promises the people that he can save them. Thus, he dashes off on a midnight run, seeking to spread peace across a land on the brink of war. With so many lives at stake, Johnny must confront the ultimate test of his convictions.
Pinnacle Book Achievement
Award, Summer 2018 –
“This remarkable book provides insight into American history unlike any I’ve read. I’m a fan of historical fiction, which typically imagines interactions between historical figures at a critical moment. Fresh News departs from the usual focus on powerful figures who shaped history and, rather, concentrates on common citizens. An altogether fascinating portrait which I highly recommend.” ~ John E. Calia (5 STARS)
“With considerable wit, Greg Sapp brings alive a key period in 19th century US history as well as a legendary character known as Johnny Appleseed. Using research into folktales and true historical events, Sapp set his interpretation of Johnny in places and with figures active in the Northwest Territory (especially Ohio) at that time. He satirizes settlers, officers and militia men but shows sympathy for indigenous people, highlighting the sneaky tactics used to force them farther west. I love Sapp’s dry humor and laughed out loud a number of times over his characterizations of situations. It’s a fun and informative read.” ~ Deborah Vance (5 STARS)
Humor / Satire /
Holidazed – Book 2
All Huck wants for Christmas is a revolution… and donuts. Vive la Revolution!
“I loved the unusual choice for the setting, a drive-through donut shop in a working-class area in middle America. With that setting, the author develops the employees and customers into an amusing and endearing cast of characters with differing racial, political, cultural and economic backgrounds, who nevertheless share a common core of humanity. The storyline is delightful, and I loved how it played out. Gregg Sapp’s smart witty high-quality writing will appeal to readers looking for something refreshingly and delightfully different.” ~ David Hejna, Author of ‘Utopia Café’ (5 STARS)
Humor / Satire /
Holidazed – Book 3
Neighboring small towns, Coon Creek and Golden Springs, Ohio, enter their own little war, and may never be the same after the coming Fourth of July celebration.
“This book pokes fun at both redneck conservatives and liberal academics. This is the first book by this author I have read but won’t be the last.” ~ Dan Smith
“Gregg Sapp a native of middle America knows the area whereof he writes. He also knows about American colleges. His characters come alive on the first page and drive the story thereafter. Very interesting idea – to write a book about each holiday. Reminds me of a film classic starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Marjorie Reynolds about an inn opened only on holidays. The book is timely in that it takes up the right versus the left.” ~ Art Is Life (5 STARS)
December 2017: Evolved Publishing releases FRESH NEWS STRAIGHT FROM HEAVEN to rave reviews (see the book listing).
Summer 2018: FRESH NEWS STRAIGHT FROM HEAVEN wins the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Novel.
December 2018: THE CHRISTMAS DONUT REVOLUTION, volume one in the “Holidazed” series, is released.
December 2018: FRESH NEWS STRAIGHT FROM HEAVEN is listed as one of the Best Ohio Books of 2018.
September 2019: HALLOWEEN FROM THE OTHER SIDE, volume two of the “Holidazed” series, is released.
June 2020: UPSIDE-DOWN INDEPENDENCE DAY, book three of the “Holidazed” series, is released.
February 2021: MURDER BY VALENTINE CANDY, volume four of the “Holidazed” series, is released.
September 2022: THANKSGIVING, THANKSGOTTEN, THANKSGONE, volume five of the “Holidazed” series, is released.
October 2022: Gregg’s short story, CLEAN ENOUGH TO EAT OFF, which was published in the Summer 2021 issue of 96Logic, is nominated for the annual Pushcart Prize for the Best in Indie Lit – the second time one of Gregg’s peices was nominated for this award.
January 2023: NEW YEAR’S EVE 1999, volume six of the “Holidazed” series, is released.
January 2023: Gregg began placing the entirety of his published short stories on Medium. Also included are excerpts, new original material, unpublished stuff, works in progress, and other odds and ends. The first story is FU MANCHU, FOO MAN CHOO, MAN CHEW FOOD, which originally appeared in Zodiac Review, spring 2012. Go to https://sappgregg.medium.com/.
UPDATE June 7, 2023: MOTHER FRACKING EARTH DAY, volume seven in the “Holidazed” series, is in progress.