John Cotter’s first novel Under the Small Lights appeared in 2010 from Miami University Press. He’s published comics in Westword and 3rd bed, fiction in Lost, and Puerto Del Sol, ghost stories in New Genre and The LIfted Brow, poetry in Volt and Sixth Finch, and directed plays for Harvard University and the Denver Poet’s Theater.
A founding editor at the review site Open Letters Monthly, John’s published critical work in Sculpture, Bookforum, Brooklyn Rail, and Poetry. The essay “Losing Music,” from his forthcoming collection got a nod in Best American Essays 2016.
John was born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1976, home of Benedict Arnold and a fresh crop of casinos. He graduated Emerson’s Creative Writing program on a Performing Arts scholarship and Harvard with a master’s degree in English & American lit. He lives with his favorite poet in Denver, Colorado, where he teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop.