John has been writing and editing since the age of 12, when a fifth-grade teacher asked him whether he had written a poem himself or copied it out of a book. After proving that he did actually write it, John continued to publish short stories and poetry in small publications throughout high school and college. He edited and critiqued student term papers and creative writing for over 10 years while becoming well known in the University of Missouri’s South Korean community for assisting with the coordination and production of a yearly South Korean talent revue that was broadcast live in South Korea. He also produced a crown of sonnets that was highly regarded by poet Melissa Range. After college, he began, against all gut feelings, to work corporate jobs, selling garbage dumpsters for the second-largest waste hauler in America and then interior plants to businesses. Realizing that sales was not a good fit, he moved on to write, mix, produce, and play all instruments on an independent album. He then returned to his first loves: editing and writing. He currently lives in Colorado with his girlfriend and dog. In his free time, he analyzes hockey statistics and recently founded a sports blog that covers Chicago Blackhawks hockey.
John’s work has appeared in the following periodicals: