John Skoyles is an author and poet as well as a fan of fine writing instruments. His wit and humor charmed the JetPens team and we have invited John to become a regular feature on the JetPens blog. His new column "Pen and Ink" will be featured twice monthly. The first post will debut tomorrow!
More about John... John has published four books of poems, A Little Faith; Permanent Change; Definition of the Soul and The Situation. His work has appeared in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, Harvard Review, Slate, Yale Review and The Poetry Anthology, 1912 – 2002, among others. He is also the author of two books of nonfiction, Generous Strangers, a collection of personal essays, several of which were broadcast on public radio; and a memoir, Secret Frequencies: A New York Education. His awards include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as fellowships from the New York and North Carolina Arts Councils. In 2003, he became a member of the Order of the Occult Hand while reviewing books for the Associated Press. He has taught at Southern Methodist University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Warren Wilson College, where he directed the MFA program. He is currently Professor in the Writing, Literature and Publishing Department of Emerson College, and the poetry editor of Ploughshares. In addition to reading John's work on the JetPens blog, you can find out more about his personal site http://johnskoyles.net/home.html.