About Me

My novel Dodging and Burning will be published by Pegasus Crime in March 2018.

I grew up in southwestern Virginia and graduated with my BA from Davidson College, MA in literature from Bread Loaf School of English, and a MFA in fiction from GMU, where I served as Executive Editor of the literary magazine Phoebe.

Currently, I chair 7-12 English Department at Flint Hill, a college preparatory school, outside of Washington, DC, where I live with my partner Jeff and two ridiculously photogenic dogs, Winky and Roxy. (Really, the camera just loves them!)


9 responses to “About Me

  1. Great program – Bread Loaf School of English. Lived in VT for 30 yrs and am very familiar with it.

  2. Amber Rubino

    Hello, I recently wrote a travel memoir and am looking for insight on how to get it published. Any advice?

    • johncopenhaver

      Honestly, I don’t know much about how to find a publisher for a travel memoir. The best bet would be to look at the publishers and agents of other travel memoirs that you admire. If you sign-up with Publisher’s Marketplace website (www.publishersmarketplace.com), you can easily search for that information. Also, try more niche publishers, such as Creative Nonfiction (www.creativenonfiction.org). I hope that helps some.

  3. johncopenhaver

    Christina, I found the image. I didn’t create it. I found it at—picturepost.wordpress.com/2007/09/17/time-travel/

    I hope that helps.

  4. Janelle Flores

    I was wondering if you’re still actively writing on your blog, if you’re planning on posting anything soon. I found you spontaneously and I like he content enough to start following. I briefly skimmed through your older posts and also found these enlightening.
    I am a literature major working in my last year for my bachelor’s degree through National University. I want to teach college-level literature in a few years after having my degree and enjoy reading anything that helps me see things in a different light. Your blog seemed to do that within the first hour or so I was reading. So, again, I’d like to know if you plan on posting more soon, and if you could email me when new posts are added?

    Thank you for what I have read; I enjoyed it.


    • johncopenhaver

      Janelle, I try to blog weekly. If you sign up to follow my blog, then you should receive messages instantly. Thanks so much for your interest!

  5. I have nominated you for a Liebster award. I have thoroughly enjoyed thinking through your posts again and again.


  6. Thank you! That’s really wonderful. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my posts. I need to be more active on it, though!

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