John Rodwan

Detroit, MI

Author's Bio

John G. Rodwan, Jr., writes personal essays, literary journalism and other nonfiction; he regularly addresses subjects such as boxing, literature and music - often all at once. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, where he currently resides, he earned a master’s degree in English from Wayne State University. He has also lived in Geneva, Switzerland, and Brooklyn, New York, and Portland, Oregon. Since returning to his hometown, he has resumed writing poetry. He has read at Wordstock, the Arkansas Literary Festival and the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, among other events.

Publications and Prizes


Fighters & Writers
(Mongrel Empire Press,
Holidays and Other Disasters
(Humanist Press,


Christmas Things
(Monkey Puzzle Press,


The Worst Book I Ever Read


Blood and Thunder
Spot Literary Magazine
The Humanist
The Nevada Review
The Mailer Review
The Chaffey Review
Cream City Review
Prime Mincer
The Chaffey Review
Midwestern Gothic
Black Magnolias
Spot Literary Magazine
Meat for Tea: The Valley Review
Concho River Review
Black Magnolias
Black Magnolias
The Chaffey Review
The Chaffey Review
Spot Literary Magazine
The Monarch Review
African American Review
The Oregonian
Pacific Review
San Pedro River Review
Meat for Tea: The Valley Review
Pudding Magazine: The International Journal of Applied Poetry
Thin Air
Pea River Journal

More Information

Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
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Born in: 
Detroit, MI
Raised in: 
Detroit, MI

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Listing last updated: April 7, 2014.

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