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John J. Ronan is a poet,
teacher, and journalist, as well as an award-winning scriptwriter,
children's author, and TV talk show host. His poems have appeared in
many national magazines and reviews, including New England
Review, Three Penny Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Hollins Critic,
and others. Two books of poetry, The Catching Self
and The Curable Corpse, were published in 1996 and
1999, respectively, by Folly Cove Books. A third book, John
J. Ronan: Greatest Hits 1975-2000, was published by Pudding
House Publications in 2001. Work is also included in a new anthology
edited by poet Heather McHugh, Sad Little Breathings.
In 2000, John published a
first book of humor: S*DM.
In 1999, Ronan was named a
National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Poetry.
As a journalist, Ronan has
placed work in The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, The
Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Dallas Morning News,
and many other dailies. He is a former columnist for the Essex
County Papers and a former feature writer for The
Boston Phoenix. John has also scripted material for the
Detrick Lawrence Film Company, often on science subjects.
John is listed in the Poets
and Writers publication, A Directory of American Poets and Fiction
Writers. He is also a member of the Poetry Society of America, the
Academy of American Poets, and the National Writer's Union.
In addition, John is the
producer and host of The Writer's Block with John Ronan,
a television program featuring writers and other artists. The series
began its twelfth season in September, on Adelphia Communication's
Channel 12, in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
In another media connection,
John is president of American Storyboard, Inc. a non-profit
organization which makes documentary videos. The 501c3 corporation is
now producing a documentary on the National Historic Landmark schooner
John Ronan is also a
professor at North Shore Community College, Danvers, MA, where he
chairs the Cultural Arts Department. He lives in Gloucester, MA, with
his wife Sandy and their adopted Wyoming dog, Cowboy.