has written for The Oxford American, BuzzFeed, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Baffler, and many other magazines and websites. His first book, a narrative nonfiction account of the last honky-tonk in the Virginias, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Summer 2018. He lives in Rockville.
Teaching Style: John believes in the motto "read more than you write," so each week of his workshop will include an assigned reading and a few optional suggested ones. John also believes that writers can learn a lot from genres other than their own, so his classes will encourage writers to find inspiration outside their usual reading routines.