John Smolens

John Smolens has published twelve works of fiction, eleven novels and a collection of short stories.  His most recent novel is Day of Days, which has been selected as a Library of Michigan Notable Book for 2022.  His novel Wolf’s Mouth was selected as a Library of Michigan Notable Book for 2017.  His earlier novels, Cold, Fire Point, The Invisible World, The Anarchist, The Schoolmaster’s Daughter, and Quarantine have beenreissued in paperback and as e-books by Michigan State University Press.  His work has appeared in publications such as The North American Review, The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Columbia Journal of Literature and Art, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.  He was educated at Boston College, the University of New Hampshire, and the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.  He has taught at Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, and is professor emeritus at Northern Michigan University, where he taught in the English Department and served as the director of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Michigan Author of the Year Award from the Michigan Library Association.  He lives in Marquette, Michigan. 


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