Bio

Photo: Kirsten Lewis

Photo: Kirsten Lewis

 

 

John Cotter’s first novel Under the Small Lights appeared in 2010 from Miami University Press. He’s since published comics in Westword, fiction in Lost and Puerto Del Sol, ghost stories in New Genre and The LIfted Brow, poetry in Volt and Sixth Finch, and he’s directed plays for Harvard University and for the Denver Poet’s Theater.

John’s latest project is a memoir in essays currently called Losing Music. Excerpts from this collection have appeared in GuernicaCatapultElectric Literature, and the Georgia Review; and the title essay, “Losing Music,” went viral and was awarded an honorable mention in Best American Essays 2015. John has performed a live monologue from the events of Losing Music at galleries and colleges around the country. In December of 2017 he was artist-in-residence at the SPACE gallery in Portland, Maine, and in 2015 he was an inaugural fellow at the Lighthouse Writers residency at the Fort Lyon homeless shelter, an experience he later chronicled at length for Guernica.

 

A lifelong New Englander, he currently lives and works in Denver.