• Sponsored by the U.S. National Park Service, John served in March, 2017 as the Writer in Residence at Carl Sandburg’s home, Connemara, in Flat Rock, North Carolina.
  • 2009 Poetry Society of Virginia, First Honorable Mention in the Epimenio Ibanez & Maria Delia Munoz Memorial Poetry Prize for the poem “Among Burning Mills.”
  • 2007 Nominated for Pushcart Prize for “The Size Of Need” that appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal.
  • 1998 New England Poetry Club, Cambridge, MA. Erika Mumford Prize: “Seven Postcards From A Former Soviet Republic.”
  • 1998 Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Writers And Readers Award, Washington, DC. For best poetry collection that year by a former Peace Corps volunteer: Moments Between Cities (Edwin Mellen Press).
  • 1998 Worcester County Poetry Association, Worcester, MA: “Pow Wow At Greenbriar.”
  • 1990 HG Roberts Foundation, Kansas State University: “Something Grand” (fiction).



  • Restless Vanishings, Leaf Garden Press, ( 2016.
  • Keepers Meet Questing Eyes, Leaf Garden Press, 2014
  • States And Items (chapbook), Leaf Garden Press, 2013
  • Additions To Our Essential Confusion (chapbook), Kattywompus Press, 2013
  • Wave And Metronome: (chapbook), Pudding House Publications, OH, 2010.
  • Westbound Freight: (chapbook), Pudding House Publications, OH, 2006.
  • A Dozen Lemons In Autotropolis: (chapbook), Pudding House Publications, OH, 2005.
  • Mierla Domesticita / Blackbird Once Wild Now Tame: translated from the Romanian of Nicolae Dabija – Be Movie/ Pure Heart/Main Street Rag Press, NC, 2003.
  • Unheard Scream: (chapbook), so-called press, CA, 1999.
  • Washing Apples In Streams:  so-called press, CA, 2000.
  • Moments Between Cities (earned award from Peace Corps Writers and Readers, 1998): Edwin Mellen Press, NY, Canada, UK, 1997.



  • Off To The Next Wherever (short stories) Fomite Books ( 2016. 
  • Dreaming Rodin (short stories), Publerati (, October, 2013.
  • Something Grand (short stories): Be Movie Press, RI, 2002.