John McManus (author)

McManus reading in Norfolk

John McManus is an American novelist and short story writer. He is the author of a novel, Bitter Milk,[1] and the short story collections Born on a Train[2], Stop Breakin Down,[3] and Fox Tooth Heart.[4] In recognition of Stop Breakin Down, McManus became the youngest ever recipient of the Whiting Award.[5] In 2019 he received a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.[6]

McManus is a contributing editor for literary publisher Fiddleblack.[7] He teaches creative writing at Old Dominion University[8] and Goddard College.[9]

In 2013, McManus contributed an essay to a limited-edition of Clive Barker's novella, Cabal.[10]


  1. ^ Shea, Mike. "Bitter Milk". Texas Monthly.
  2. ^ Finch, Amy. "Ugly beauty". The Portland Phoenix. Archived from the original on 2003-04-21.
  3. ^ "Stop Breakin Down: Stories". Publisher's Weekly. Retrieved 2000-05-29. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Fox Tooth Heart, John McManus". Sarabande. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  5. ^ Press, Associated. "Whiting Writers' Awards announced". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2000-10-31. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "2019 Literature Award Winners – American Academy of Arts and Letters". Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  7. ^ Jason Cook. "About – Fiddleblack". Retrieved 2011-09-22.
  8. ^ "Department of English". Retrieved 2011-09-22.
  9. ^ "Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program". Archived from the original on 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
  10. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-09-06. Retrieved 2014-09-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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