John G. Rodwan, Jr.

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PUBLICATIONS

Books:

Detroit Is: An Essay in Photographs, KMW Studio, 2015 [text by John G. Rodwan, Jr.; photographs by J. Gordon Rodwan]

Holidays & Other Disasters, Humanist Press, 2013 [essay collection]

Christmas Things, Monkey Puzzle Press, 2011 [nonfiction chapbook]

Fighters & Writers, Mongrel Empire Press, 2010 [essay collection]

 

Essays:

 “Ambivalence.” Fiction Southeast. January 2018.

“Capability.” Wayne Literary Review. 2017.

“Seger Unsettled.” Heaven Was Detroit: An Anthology of Detroit Music from Jazz to Hip Hop & Beyond, edited by M. L. Liebler, 2016.

“Mystery House.” Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, October 2016.

“Police Story.” Belt Magazine, November 2015.

“Riding Alone: Or, So Long, Slow Roll.” Belt Magazine, October 2015.  

“Punching for Jesus: Will God Take Sides in the ‘Fight of the Century’?” The Humanist.com, May 2015.

“Pedal Power to the People.” The American Interest, Vol. X, No. 5, May/June 2015.

“Should Public Schools Close for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Holidays?” TheHumanist.com, March 2015.

“Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s TV Dreams.” The Periphery, March 2015.

“Carlessness.” A Detroit Anthology, edited by Anna Clark, Rust Belt Chic Press, 2014.

“Soul Liberation.” The American Interest, Vol. IX, No. 5, May/June 2014.

“Greetings from Detroit.” Belt Magazine, March 2014.

“The Muppet Man.” The American Interest, Vol. IX, No. 3, January/February 2014.

“Carlessness.” Midwestern Gothic. Issue 11, fall 2013.

“Recalling Sam Rivers.” Concho River Review, Vol. XXVII, No. 1, spring 2013.

“Ironies on Parade.” Cream City Review. Vol. 36, No. 2, fall/winter 2013.

“Top Ten.” Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, Vol. 6, Issue 4, December 2012.

“Success at the Downtown Boxing Gym.” Critical Moment, summer 2012.

“Nice Things about Detroit.” The American Interest. Vol. VII, No. 5, May/June 2012.

“Jazz’s Forgotten Man.” Jazz Research Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2012.

“The Great Migration.” The American Interest.  Vol. VII, No. 1, September/October 2011.

“One Hundred and Ten Boxes.” Prime Mincer, Vol. 1, No. 3, winter 2012.

“The Fighting Life.” Philip Roth Studies, Vol. 7, No. 1, spring, 2011.

“Hollow Eggs and Seeds of Doubt.” Secular World, April-June 2011.

“Writers Ringside.” The American Interest, Vol. VI, No. 5, May/June 2011.

“Opening Day Shutout.” The Monarch Review, March 2011.

“So Long, Joe.” Magazine Americana, January 2011.

“Studious Deception.” Logos: A Journal of Modern Society & Culture, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 2011.

“Contagious Narcissism.” The American Interest, Vol. VI, No. 3, January/February 2011.

"Mailer’s Victory.” Open Letters Monthly: An Anthology, 2007 – 2010, edited by John Cotter, Open Letters Monthly, 2010.

“Second-Generation Punks.” Palimpsest, 2010.

“No Thanks.” Humanist Network News, November 2010.

“In Other Wor(l)ds: Reflections on Translation and Literary Tradition.” Spot Literary Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 2, fall 2010.

“Jack Johnson’s Fourth of July.” The Nevada Review, Vol. 2, No. 2, fall 2010.

“Late to the Movies.” Open Letters Monthly, August 2010.

“Write, Repeat Redux.” Open Letters Monthly, June 2010.

“Detroit Undead.” Spot Literary Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 1, spring 2010.

“Laughin’ Louis.” Open Letters Monthly, February 2010.

“Heels and Heroes.” The American Interest, Vol. V, No. 3, January/February 2010.

“The Mysteries of Berkeley.” Open Letters Monthly, December 2009.

“Seger Unsettled.” Open Letters Monthly, November 2009.

“Weight Loss: A Love Story.” Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine, Issue 9, fall 2009.

“The Banana Eater.” Spot Literary Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 2, fall 2009.

“Jazz Festivals and What They Play There.” Open Letters Monthly, September 2009.

“Labor Day Ironies.” Logos: A Journal of Modern Society & Culture, Vol. 8, Issue 2, 2009.

“The Politics of Opposition.” The Second Pass, August 2009.

“A First-Class Sport.” Open Letters Monthly, August 2009.

“Jack Johnson’s Dance.” Shaking like a Mountain, spring 2009.

“Con-Men.” Open Letters Monthly, April 2009.

“Solitary Man.” Slow Trains, Vol. VIII, Issue 4, spring 2009.

“Blue Music.” Open Letters Monthly, March 2009.

“Ugly on Purpose.” Open Letters Monthly, January 2009.

“Partitions on Parade.” Spot Literary Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 2, fall 2008.

“A Drink-Man among Drink-Men.” Open Letters Monthly, December 2009.

“Going off Course with Melville and Liebling.” Open Letters Monthly, February 2009.

“The Same Indifference.” Open Letters Monthly, November 2008.

“Fighters and Writers.” The Mailer Review, Vol. 2, No. 1, fall 2008.

“Radio Springsteen.” Slow Trains, Vol. VIII, Issue 1, summer 2008.

“Dedicated Writers,” The Humanist, Vol. 68, No. 4, July/August 2008.

“Ink.” Spot Literary Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 1, spring 2008.

“One Encounter: George & Me.” Open Letters Monthly, May 2008.

“Falsifying Matters.” California Literary Review, March 2008.

“King and Me.” Spot Literary Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 2, fall 2007.

“Cinderella Man.” Fight News, May 2005.

 

Poems:

“Ferrying Erin to Noble.” Colloquial: A Poetry Review, 4 September 2017.

             “Do You Own a Gun?” Colloquial: A Poetry Review, 4 September 2017.

“Notes toward an Unrealizable Project That Will Never Be Attempted.” Pea River Journal, Issue 4, June 2017.

“Basement Rainbow of Motherfuckery.” Red Earth Review, Issue 4, July 2016.

“Bear.” Red Earth Review, Issue 4, July 2016.

“The Shoes of the Old Man Are Some Clunky Slippers.” San Pedro River Review, Vol. 7, No. 1, spring 2015.

“Stronger.” Riding Light Review, Vol. I, Issue II, fall 2014.

“This Place.” Pea River Journal, Vol. 3, fall 2014.

“Collectors’ Things.” Pea River Journal, Vol. 3, fall 2014.

“Questions to Consider in Connection with Ezra Pound.” Pea River Journal, 28 July 2014.

“City Circle Light.” Red Earth Review, Issue 2, July 2014.

“Midwest Prometheus.” Trickster, spring 2014.

“Graveside Costume.” Thin Air Magazine, Vol. 20, 2014.

“Detroit Lions.” Pudding Magazine: The Journal of Applied Poetry, special edition, 2014.

“Downtown Boxing Gym.” Pudding Magazine: The Journal of Applied Poetry, special edition, 2014.

“City Circle Light.” Pudding Magazine: The Journal of Applied Poetry, special edition, 2014.

“The Line.” Remaking Moby-Dick, edited by Trish Harris and Lissa Holloway-Attaway. (South Baltic Programme/EU Art Line), 2013.

“The Path Is for the Traveler.” Pea River Journal, Vol. 2, fall 2013.

“Our Mighty Projects.” Pea River Journal, Vol. 2, fall 2013.

“What Makes Detroit Detroit.” Pea River Journal. Vol. 2, fall 2013.

“More than Motown.” The Hoot & Hare Review, No.2, fall 2013.

“Biking University District.” San Pedro River Review, Vol. 5, No. 2, fall 2013.

“What Remains in Skeletal City.” Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, Vol. 7, Issue 2, 2013.

“Lost and Found.” Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, Vol. 7, Issue 2. 2013.

“Revolting.” Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, Vol. 7, Issue 2, 2013.

“Penthouse, River View.” San Pedro River Review, summer 2013.

“Sleep Disordered.” Pacific Review, 2013.

“Miles.” Black Magnolias, Vol. 7, No. 1, spring 2013.

“Soul Topographer.” Black Magnolias, Vol. 7, No. 1, spring 2013.

“Detroit Is; Or, An Explanation for Those Who Need It.” Black Magnolias, Vol. 7, No. 1, spring 2013.

“Road Bird.” The Avalon Literary Review, winter 2013.

“Freaky Clean.” Midwestern Gothic, Issue 8, winter 2013.

“How to Be Invisible.” The Chaffey Review, No. VIII, spring 2012.

“Sweep.” The Chaffey Review, No. VIII, spring, 2012.

“A Visit to Gleason’s Gym.” The Chaffey Review, No. VIII, spring 2012.

“Playlist Directives.” Spot Literary Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 2, fall 2011.

“Walking Home in My Purple Shirt.” Spirit, Vol. IV, No. V, November 1992

 

HONORS & AWARDS

“Pedal Power to the People” designated a “Notable Essay of 2015” in The Best American Essays 2016.

“Greetings from Detroit” designated a “Notable Essay of 2014” in The Best American Essays 2015.

“Carlessness” designated a “Notable Essay of 2013” in The Best American Essays 2014

“Nice Things about Detroit” designated a “Notable Essay of 2012” in The Best American Essays 2013

“Going Off Course with Melville and Liebling” nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Mongrel Empire Press, 2010

“Weight Loss: A Love Story” designated a “Notable Essay of 2009” in The Best American Essays 2010

“Imperfect Armor” won“Best Performance Award/Experimental Film” at the Los Angeles International Film Festival, 2010

 

READINGS

Detroit Public Library, Edison Branch, Detroit, May 2, 2018

Pages Bookshop, Detroit, February 22, 2018

Annex Gallery at 333 Midland, Highland Park, May 13, 2017

Farmhouse Coffee and Ice Cream, Franklin, March 16, 2017

Book Beat, Oak Park, November 6, 2016

Jazz Café at Music Hall, Detroit, October 27, 2016

Ferndale District Public Library, Ferndale, August 4, 2016

Pages Bookshop, Detroit, June 2, 2016

Starkweather Arts Center, Romeo, May 10, 2016

Writers Week, University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Woods, April 12, 2016

Book Beat, Oak Park, February 28, 2016

Good Cakes and Bakes, Detroit, February 13, 2016

Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, February 6, 2016

Pages Bookshop, Detroit, January 25, 2016

Scarab Club, Detroit, January 14, 2016

Source Booksellers, Detroit, December 13, 2015

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, February 10, 2015

Tangent Gallery/Hasting St. Ballroom, Detroit, October 23, 2014

Hannan House, Detroit, August 21, 2014

Signal-Return, Detroit, July 23, 2014

Ann Arbor District Library, June 14, 2014

Always Brewing Detroit, Detroit, December 13, 2013

Public Pool, Hamtramck, December 7, 2013

Motor City Wine, Detroit, November 21, 2013

PJ's Lager House, Detroit, October 19, 2013

Literati, Ann Arbor, August 9, 2013

Jazz Café at Music Hall, Detroit, May 30, 2013

UDetroit Cafe, Detroit, July 11, 2012

Leopold's Books, Detroit, May 11, 2012

Scarab Club, Detroit, March 31, 2012

Arkansas Literary Festival, Little Rock, Arkansas, April 9, 2011

Hall High School, Little Rock, Arkansas, April 8, 2011

Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma, April 1, 2011

The Bookery Nook, Denver, Colorado, March 1, 2011

University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, December 4, 2010

Border Books, Long Beach, California, November 21, 2010

Borders Books, Long Beach, California, November 20, 2010

Traffic Jam & Snug, Detroit, Michigan, October 29, 2010

Wordstock Literary Festival, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, October 9, 2010

African American Cultural Center, Reno, Nevada, July 3, 2010

 

EDUCATION

Master of Arts in English, Wayne State University, 1993

Bachelor of Arts in English, Kalamazoo College, 1991