John J. Ronan

P.O. Box 5524Gloucester, MA 01930-0007
(978) 525-2022

Author's Bio

My latest book, Marrowbone Lane, was "Highly Recommended" 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, playwright and documentary film maker for my non-profit company, American Storyboard. Journalism credits include The Washington Post, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Dallas Morning News, Midwest Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Yankee and Saturday Review. My comedy "The Yeats Game" ran in NYC in February and March, 2012 ( is under development. The award winning documentaries "Gloucester's Adventure" and "Women in American Horse Racing" ran on PBS outlets in 2002 and 2008. These non-poetic forms help clean the brain so I can climb the poetry mountain again next morning.

Publications and Prizes


The Catching Self
(Folly Cove Books,
The Curable Corpse
(Folly Cove Books,
Marrowbone Lane
(Backwaters Press,


Sad Little Breathings


Notre Dame Review
Threepenny Review
Southern Poetry Review
Greensboro Review
New England Review
National Endowment for the Arts Fellow ('99-'00) Poet Laureate, Gloucester, MA ('08-'10) Bread Loaf Scholar Ucross Fellow

More Information

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Gives readings? 
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Identifies as: 
Irish American
Prefers to work with: 
Hospital patients
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
San Diego, CA
Raised in: 
Chicago, IL

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Arguably by Christopher Hitchens, So Forth by Joseph Brodsky, A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
Favorite Books:
The Malay Archipelago Absalom, Absalom The Song of the Dodo La Peste
Favorite Authors:
Willia Faulkner Derek Mahon Liz Bishop

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Listing last updated: June 9, 2014.

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