John Repp

Poet, Fiction Writer

c/o Department of English & Philosophy Edinboro University
Edinboro, PA 16444
(814) 732-2887

Author's Bio

A native of the Pine Barrens region of southern New Jersey, John Repp has lived for many years in northwestern Pennsylvania. A voracious reader since devouring Fun With Dick and Jane in the first grade, he still loves nothing more than wallowing in a book. He debuted as a writer at age nine, composing with his mother’s black fountain pen an Alamo-esque epic in which a plucky band of French Legionnaires slaughters most of a Saracen army before meeting its inevitable doom. The next summer, his authorial career continued with a tale modeled on the baseball novels of John R. Tunis and typed on the family’s venerable Underwood.

Before landing his first full-time teaching position in 1986, Repp worked as a gravedigger, groundskeeper, house-painter, storekeeper, retail clerk, typist-for-hire, egg-packer, billing manager, woodcutter, export clerk, and part-time university instructor. He began publishing in literary periodicals in 1979 and has since seen into print eighteen collections, as well as over 400 individual poems, short stories, essays, and book reviews. 

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Publications & Prizes


Heart of Joy (March Street Press, 2009)
The Old West (and Other Tales) (March Street Press, 2001)


The Soul of Rock & Roll: Poems Acoustic, Electric & Remixed, 1980-2020 (Broadstone Books, 2021)
Fat Jersey Blues (University of Akron Press, Akron Poetry Series, 2014)
Gratitude (Cherry Grove, 2005)
The Fertile Crescent (Cherry Grove, 2004)
Thirst Like This (University of Missouri Press, 1990)
Cold-Running Current (Alice Greene & Co, 2020)
Madeleine Wolfe--A Sequence (Seven Kitchens Press, 2019)
Music Over the Water (Alice Greene & Co, 2013)
Big Conneautee (American Haibun) (Seven Kitchens Press, 2010)
Fever (Mayapple Press, 2007)
No Away (Pudding House Publications, 2007)
Time to Get Some Things Straight (March Street Press, 2005)
White Doe (Mayapple Press, 2004)
Soon (Pudding House Publications, 2003)
The Meaning of Rock and Roll (March Street Press, 2002)
Prizes won: 

Akron Poetry Prize (2013) Lyre Prize (2004) Devins Award (1990) NEA Creative Writing Fellowship (1987)

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Vineland, NJ
New Jersey
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Last update: Jul 14, 2021