Manuscript Consultations

John has years of experience editing poetry manuscripts, teaching poetry workshops at university, and leading independent poetry workshops. He has worked with poets writing in a variety of styles: using formal structures, and free verse. Consultations available for full-length manuscripts, chapbook-length manuscripts, and individual poems.

John is currently a master lecturer at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, teaching a Poetry Workshop (CRWT 181, Spring 2020). From 2012-2014, John taught a graduate-level creative writing workshop at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and also supervised numerous students working on poetry manuscripts. John was an editor with Painted Bride Quarterly from 2017 to 2019.

Regarding fees, John will gladly price his work hourly, or on a flat-rate, per-project basis, depending on your preference. His rates are reasonable. Please contact John to discuss fees, scheduling, and your specific needs.

Online workshop

A One-On-One Poetry Workshop for those interested in an in-depth series of email exchanges about their poems. Each week for eight weeks the workshop member submits a different poem which John critiques in a 700-750-word email. That week the member responds to the critique and John responds to the member. After eight of these exchanges, one per week, in the ninth week the member writes a “conference letter” to John, topics initiated by the member, then John responds, and the member has an opportunity to respond again.


“… John is a smart and sensitive teacher and editor who guides with questions more often than instructions. He is knowledgeable and regularly suggests readings related to themes which emerge from my poetry. John leaves his ego behind in our consultations. He has always treated me and my poetry with sensitivity, respect and patience.” Read more testimonials.

Upcoming Workshops

Leading a Poetry Workshop (CRWT 181) at The University of the Arts (Philadelphia), Spring 2020


May 18: Chapbook Workshop, co-leading with Vasiliki Katsarou. Hunterdon Art Museum, NJ.

May 22: Duende workshop. Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS.

June 8:  Workshop on The Underglimmer. Carleton University Library. Ottawa, Ontario

June 12: Fable and Fabulation poetry workshop. Co-leading a workshop with Stephanie Yorke. Atwater Library. Montreal, Quebec.

June 17: Underglimmer poetry Workshop. ArtsPlace Canmore Canmore, Alberta

June 29: Workshop on The Underglimmer. West Vancouver, BC.

November 6, 13, 20: Poetry workshops on The Underglimmer, at A Novel Idea Bookstore