About Me

I was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for my second novel, Dodging and Burning, a murder mystery that explores the truth behind the photograph of a crime scene taken by a young war photographer, and its connection to the complex discriminatory attitudes toward homosexuals during the 1940s.  My first novel—which also served as my thesis of my MFA at George Mason—was the bildungsroman of a female visionary artist during the 1920s interwoven with the story of her granddaughter’s present day recovery of the artist’s sculptures.

I was the first runner-up in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest, and I’ve been published in several literary magazines including The Roanoke Review.  I 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 Phoebe. I interned for a summer at the National Endowment for the Arts, where I learned about the grant application process and observed a panel of respected fiction writers discuss applicants’ manuscripts.

Currently, I chair 7-12 English Department at Flint Hill, a college preparatory school, outside of Washington, DC.

Find and ‘friend’ John on Facebook at:   www.facebook.com/johncopenhaver

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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