John J. Ronan

N/A
Gloucester, MA 01930-0007
Phone: 
(978) 525-2022
Website: 

Author's Bio

A new book, Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown, will be published by Backwaters Press January 15, 2017. The title poem is a homage to New York, pluralism, and our glorious, flawed republic. A previous volume, Marrowbone Lane, was a "Highly Recommended" choice by the Boston Authors Club in 2010. Other books include The Catching Self and The Curable Corpse (Folly Cove 1996 and 1999), and John J. Ronan: Greatest Hits 1975-2000 (Pudding House 2001). Work appeared in the anthology of prize-winning poetry, Sad Little Breathings, edited by Heather McHugh (PublishingOnline 2001), and in Baseball: I Gave You the Best Years of My Life (North Atlantic Press 1977). Journals include: Folio, Threepenny Review, The Recorder, Hollins Critic, New England Review, Southern Poetry Review, Louisville Review, Greensboro Review, Notre Dame Review, NYQ. I write poetry daily, about three hours, and spend other time as a journalist and playwright. A one-act, The Early Bird Special, was a finalist in the 2016 Tennessee Williams competition and was invited to the Strawberry One-Act Festival in New York in July of 2016. My non-profit company, American Storyboard, has produced award-winning features: "Gloucester's Adventure" and "Women in American Horse Racing" ran on PBS outlets in 2002 and 2008. Details are available on IMDB. Journalism credits include The Washington Post, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Dallas Morning News, Midwest Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Yankee and the old Saturday Review.

Publications and Prizes

Books: 
Marrowbone Lane
(Backwaters Press, 2009)
, Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown
(The Backwaters Press, 2017)
, The Catching Self
(Folly Cove Books, 1996)
, The Curable Corpse
(Folly Cove Books, 1999)
Anthologies: 
Sad Little Breathings
(PublishingOnline, 2001)
Journals: 
Folio, Greensboro Review, New England Review, Notre Dame Review, Recorder, Southern Poetry Review, Threepenny Review
Prizes Won: 
National Endowment for the Arts Fellow ('99-'00) Poet Laureate, Gloucester, MA ('08-'10) Bread Loaf Scholar Ucross Fellow Paumanok Poetry Award Reader

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing
,
Passage to India by E. M. Forester
,
Mortality by Christopher Hutchins
,
Place de l'Etoile by Patrick Modiano
,
The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan

More Information

Listed as: 
Poet
Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Irish American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
French
Born in: 
San Diego
Raised in: 
Chicago, IL
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Last updated: Jul 25, 2016