In addition to being a novelist and teacher, John has worked as a newspaper journalist, feature-film screenwriter, house painter, au pair, ESL teacher, cab driver, and freezer boy in a salmon cannery. He currently teaches writing at Madison Area Technical College, where his experience is enriched by students from every corner of the local and world community. He won awards as a feature journalist, sports journalist, and short story writer before settling on a career as a novelist.
He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with degrees in Environmental Policy (BS) and English Literature (MA). His publications include short stories (Epiphany Best Story Award and Pushcart Prize Nomination, 1993) and feature film screenplays. He is also a former newspaper journalist. He has lived, taught, and traveled extensively in Japan.