Hi, I'm John. I have more than three decades of experience as an editor and writer. As an independent book editor, I work for McSweeney’s Publishing, among others, and I'm a contributing editor at the literary travel magazine Stranger’s Guide. My writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Literary Hub, and the literary journal Zyzzyva.
From 2008 to 2019, I was the books editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, where I wrote, assigned, and edited thousands of pieces, including reviews, essays, and profiles.
I have served on the jury panels of One City One Book: San Francisco Reads and the Commonwealth Club’s California Book Awards. I'm the recipient of the Friend of Independent Bookselling Award, from the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, and the Northern California Book Reviewers’ Recognition Award.
In 2019 and 2020, I taught in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at the University of San Francisco.
I live in the Bay Area.