John W. McCauley

Bio for 2024

John writes non-fiction and poetry. His work has been published in Kentucky Monthly Magazine, KentuckyLiving.Com, The Martha's Vineyard Times, and other publications. Four of his poems are scheduled to be published later this year in Trajectory. His poem, "The Waldo Emerson Inn," about Ralph Waldo Emerson, is displayed at the historic inn, in Kennebunk, Maine. He is currently working on his first book. John serves on the Jesse Stuart Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of the Bluegrass Writers Coalition. He served in the administration of President Barack Obama, and on the Governor's Commission on Literacy, where he chaired the Local Issues Task Force. John and his wife Rebecca, with their Golden Retriever Siva, and cat Hal, live in Lexington and on beautiful Lake Cumberland.

Reason for signing up:

I have been writing poetry for years but didn't submit any of my work until 17 months ago. I was inspired by Byron Crawford's Back Page article in Kentucky Living Magazine, "For Whom the Dinner Bells Toll." It was this story that encouraged me to submit a poem that I had written about my Great-Grandmother's 1889 dinner bell. Kentucky Living liked the poem and posted it on January 31, 2023. My poetry is inspired by former Kentucky Poets Laureate Jesse Stuart and Cotton Noe, as well as my Appalachian heritage.

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