John Koetzner


P.O. Box 432
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 799-4498

Author's Bio

John Koetzner, a resident of Healdsburg for the past 42 years, has been an educator, freelance writer and winery worker. He has taught secondary school and community college, teaching with a focus on creative writing, critical thinking and information literacy. His short stories, poetry and reviews have appeared in numerous publications over the past thirty years, including journals such as Lactuca, Brushfire, California English, The Dickens, Modern Haiku, The Poet, Poetry Journal, City Miner, New Age Journal, Reno News & Review, Pacific Sun, Frogpond, and numerous others. His CD Four Stories & Poetry was recorded in 2009. Additionally, he was a music critic for Blues Access and was a contributing author for the book, Musichound Guide to the Blues. He co-authored a wine column for the Healdsburg Tribune called “Wine Tributaries” that eventually moved to and then its own domain. Currently, he is a Children's Services Librarian for Sonoma County Library. He was the Healdsburg Literary Laureate for 2012-2013, doing writing workshops for children and adults as well as doing public readings. He is a listed poet with Poets & Writers, and he makes his home with his wife Heidi, on a small vineyard. He even makes time to read great writers from all over the world.

Publications & Prizes

Musichound Guide to the Blues (Visible Ink Press, 1998)
Bad Haircut
California English
First Leaves
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Sonoma Mandala Literary Review
Prizes won: 

Healdsburg Literary Laureate 2012-2013.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Mark Twain, Hermann Hesse, Kurt Vonnegut, Maya Angelou, Gerald Rosen, Joyce Carol Oates, Waights Taylor, Jr., Raymond Chandler, John Burdett, Colin Cotterill, and Walter Mosely.

More Information

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European American
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Born in: 
Corona, CA
Raised in: 
Manhattan Beach, CA
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Last update: May 22, 2019