John J. Ronan


Gloucester, MA
Massachusetts US

Author's Bio

A new book, Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown, was published by Backwaters Press/University of Nebraska on 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. It was a winning play at the Firehouse Theater competition in 2017. 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 Saturday Review.

Publications & Prizes

Sad Little Breathings (PublishingOnline, 2001)
Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown (Backwaters Press, 2017)
Marrowbone Lane (Backwaters Press, 2009)
The Curable Corpse (Folly Cove Books, 1999)
The Catching Self (Folly Cove Books, 1996)
Prizes won: 

National Endowment for the Arts Fellow ('99-'00), Poet Laureate, Gloucester, MA ('08-'10), Bread Loaf Scholar, Ucross Fellow, Paumanok Poetry Award.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Hilary Mantel, Derek Mahon, Geffrey Davis, T. S. Eliot, George Eliot.
What I'm reading now: 
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell, History of the Rain by Niall Williams, Mortality by Christopher Hutchins, The Hard Hours by Anthony Hecht

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Identifies as: 
Irish American
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Born in: 
San Diego, CA
Raised in: 
Chicago, IL
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Last update: Jul 02, 2021