John Smolens newest novel A Cold, Hard, Prayer, is scheduled for publications this fall, to go along with his eleven other novels like, Day of Days, Wolfs Mouth, Out, Quarantine, Schoolmasters Daughter, The Anarchist, Cold, The Invisible World, Fire Point, Angel’s Head, and Winter by Degrees; and one collection of short stories, My One and Only Bomb Shelter.
His short stories and essays have been in various magazines and newspapers, including Redbook, Yankee, the Massachusetts Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe.
His work has been published in the United Kingdom, and translations have appeared in the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, and Turkey.
Educated at Boston College, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Iowa,
He taught at Michigan State University, and is currently teaching in the Master of Fine Arts program at Northern Michigan University, where he has been the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award. In 2010 he received the Michigan Author of the Year Award from The Michigan Library Association. In
2017 he won the Michigan Notable Book Award and was the Midwest Book Award, Finalist
He splits his time between lives in Marquette, Michigan and Haverhill, Massachusetts