PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Although John no longer edits for us as of July 2015, he has contributed to some wonderful books, and thus we continue to recognize his work here.
I wrote my first story when I was eight years old. Since then, I’m almost always found at the intersection of language and imagination. I have an MFA in fiction from Pacific University and a certificate in copyediting from UCSD. I’ve worked as an editor for several literary magazines, including WORK and Silk Road Literary Journal.
My literary interests are broad, ranging from science fiction and fantasy to westerns, to historical and hyper-literary fiction. Some of my favorite authors are Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy, Orhan Pamuk, Jaan Kross, Margaret Atwood, Iain Banks, Umberto Eco, Molly Gloss, J R R Tolkien, and Kurt Vonnegut.
When I’m not writing and editing, I love to travel and learn languages — I’m fluent in Estonian and have studied French, Russian, German, Spanish, and Welsh. I live in Portland, Oregon.
Although John’s primary role with EP right now is as an editor, he also plans to release some of his own books in the future. In the meantime, he’s dabbled here by contributing a short story called Ursus Americanus to our anthology, Evolution: Vol. 2 (A Short Story Collection).