John A. McDermott, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, teaches creative writing and American literature at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he coordinates the BFA program in creative writing. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Cream City Review, Southeast Review, and elsewhere.
My first collection of poems, published by Kelsay Books/Aldrich Press (July 2015).
Here’s my latest poem, up at the always-entertaining Gingerbread House Literary Magazine. Much thanks to the editors there for including my poem among their fine writers and artists.
Some day the teenagers in this cheery story are coming back in a novel or a series of linked stories. Until then, here they are in all their discontent. Fiddleblack has published some terrifying stuff (Clive Barker included). This story isn’t really horror, unless bored teens prone to violence and home foreclosures in California scare you (they do me). And skateboarding. There’s skateboarding in this one.
This one is a true story. Plus, if it makes you go listen to some Dick Dale, I’ve accomplished a good thing.
I don’t consider myself a memoirist at all, but this essay, thanks to a great editor at TROP who requested some nonfiction, wrote itself pretty swiftly. I’m pleased it’s out there.
A visit to a good friend in Rhode Island brought me this trio of poems. Prime Number is another of my favorite online journals and I’m proud these poems have such a good home. You can also find them in Prime Number Magazine Editors’ Selections anthology, Volume 3.
This story came to me in 2002 as I was driving between Milwaukee and Madison during my stint as a Ph.D. student at UW-Milwaukee. On dark nights I could see Orion’s Belt through my driver’s side window. My father had died the year before and looking at the constellation always made me think of him. I’m still not sure why, but I’m happy my grief came out this way.
I love flash fiction: reading it, writing it, teaching it. I’m very pleased Juked, one of my favorite online sites, published this one a few years back. And once you hit a certain age, most Americans have an opinion on high school reunions. This idea sprung from a reunion of mine quite a few years back.