Nonfiction books

  • Where East Meets West. Essays from Pennington Creek. Bowen Press. 2020

  • Pecan America: Exploring a Cultural Icon. University Press of Kansas. 2019

  • Red Dirt Country: Field Notes and Essays on Nature. University of Oklahoma Press. 2019

  • Small Stream Bass. The Countryman Press. 2002

  • Oklahoma Sportfishing. The Countryman Press. 2002.

Selected essays

  • “The Essence of Home.” The Fourth River. 2022

  • “New Turnpike an Attack on Wildlife.” The Sunday Oklahoman. 2022 

  • “To Know a Place.” Big Sky Journal. 2022

  • “The Flavors of Home.” Catamaran Literary Reader. 2020

  • “Answering the Humble Knock.” Harvard Divinity Bulletin. 2019

  • “The Gray Ghosts of Oahu.” Sporting Classics. 2023

  • “Chow-Chow-Cha.” Kitchen Work. 2023

  • “Fuller Brook Dreams.” Pittsburgh Quarterly. 2022

  • “Don’t Stand So Close To Me.” Blueline Magazine. 2022

  • “Consider the Catfish.” Tulane Review. 2020

  • “The Net.” Critical Read. 2020

  • “Salmon on the Table.” Gastronomica2020

  • “A Taste of Home.” Traverse Magazine. 2020

  • “A Street Photographer’s Guide to Havana.” Santa Clara Review. 2018

  • “Decoy." The Meadow. 2018*

  • “No Alterations.” The Lindenwood Review. 2018**

  • “The Decisive Moment.” New Mexico Review. 2018

  • “It Nourishes You.” Kestrel. 2017***

  • “A Very Special Fish.” Arkansas Review. 2017

  • “Oh, Give Me a Home…” The Smart Set. 2017

  • "The Solace of Flowing Water." Notre Dame Magazine. 2016

  • "How Millennials (Almost) Killed the Wine Cork." The Atlantic. 2016

  • "Enigmatic Frenchman." Sport Literate. 2016

  • "Phyllis Brings Me to My Census." The Christian Science Monitor. 2015

  • "Fires." Southwest Review. 2015

  • "Breathe." Los Angeles Review. 2015

  • "A Hand." Santa Clara Review. 2014

  • "Running as a Means to an End." Sport Literate. 2013

  • "Edmond, Oklahoma." Orion. 2013

  • "Last Light." Saw Palm. 2013

  • "Pie Transports Me." The Christian Science Monitor. 2013

  • "The Power Tool Experience." Woodworker's Journal. 2008

  • "Sometimes, Fishing Vicariously is as Good as the Real Thing." The Norman Transcript. 2003

  • "Tales From the Shark Side." The Norman Transcript. 2003

  •  "Fountains of Youth." Oklahoma Today. 1999

*     Cited as a "Notable Essay" in The Best American Essays and The Best American Sports Writing. 2019

**   Nominated for the Pushcart Prize. 2018

*** Cited as a "Notable Essay" in The Best American Essays. 2018

Anthologized works

  • “For the Love of Pie.” Flash Nonfiction Food. Woodall Press. 2020

  • "Money Note." The Very Best of Big Table Publishing: Vol. II. Big Table. 2019

  • "Illinois River Survey: A Visual Record." Oklahoma Conservation Photography Survey. 2011

  • "Chance of Rain." Battle Runes: Writings on War. Editions Bibliotekos. 2011

  • "Fresh Paint." Ain't Nobody That Can Sing Like Me: New Oklahoma Writing. Mongrel Empire Press. 2010

Other books

  • The Sharks of Al-Jubail. Bowen Press. 2018

  • Wish You Were Here. Big Table. 2016

Education

  • BA in English. University of Oklahoma. 1999

  • MFA in creative writing. University of Central Oklahoma. 2010

For John's complete CV, which includes citations for his stories, essays, literary reporting, and magazine articles dating back to 1997, please contact him here.