John Cotter

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John Cotter

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John Cotter’s first novel Under the Small Lights appeared in 2010 from Miami University Press. He's published short fiction in Puerto Del Sol, ghost stories in New Genre, poetry in Volt, criticism in Bookforum, and art writing in Sculpture, comics in Westworld, and memoir in Electric Literature and Catapult.

A founding editor at the review site Open Letters Monthly, John's recent writing has received honorable mention in both Best American Essays and Best American Horror.

He was born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1976, home of Benedict Arnold and a fresh crop of casinos. He graduated Emerson’s Creative Writing program on a Performing Arts scholarship and Harvard’s University with a master’s degree in English & American lit. He lives with his favorite poet in Denver, Colorado.

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Classes with John Cotter

Intro to Personal Narrative and Memoir

8-Week: Intro to Personal Narrative and Memoir

August 15, 2018

Dialog that Talks Back
Fiction, Nonfiction/Memoir, Play/Screenwriting

Dialogue that Talks Back

September 29, 2018

Advanced Memoir Workshop

8-Week: Advanced Memoir and Narrative Nonfiction

August 16, 2018

John Cotter's Published Work

Every week John gave us clear, specific guidelines for writing personal narrative, and I feel like I now have a wealth of resources to consult as I continue.
Amy Rosevear

John Cotter's Articles

Top Secret Blog

The Truth About False Names

April 10, 2018

When I teach nonfiction classes, I arrive with a list of essays to read and craft points to discuss.

Top Secret Blog

From Fort Lyon

April 25, 2016

For the past three weeks, I’ve worked as Lighthouse’s writer-in-residence at Fort Lyon, an old repurposed U.S.