Writer John Copenhaver is based in Washington, D.C. His novel Dodging and Burning placed as a quarterfinalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Dodging and Burning is a literary murder mystery that explores the truth behind the photograph of a crime scene taken by a young war photographer, and its connection to the complex discriminatory attitudes toward homosexuals during the 1940s.
John is recipient of a 2015 Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He graduated with his MFA from George Mason University. His fiction has appeared in Glitterwolf Magazine and Gaslight, the Lambda Emerging Voices Anthology.
I'm a big fan of John's writing for the pure suspense, relationship to photography and intrigue with the paranormal. He also has the gift of dialogue which explores family dynamics and identity mixed with dark humor. Many of his characters are informed by his upbringing in the South and growing up among visuals artists and eccentrics in Marion, VA.
This year, he is taking a leave of absence from chairing the English Department at Flint Hill School, a college preparatory school outside Washington, DC, to write. He is attending three, month-long residencies at Ragdale, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. He lives on Capitol Hill with his partner Jeff, and his crazy dogs Roxy and Bullwinkle. For more on John visit his website and blog Talking the Walk. John is represented by literary agent Annie Bomke.