John Oliver Hodges writes fiction in Oxford, Mississippi. His short stories, one of which was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, have appeared in literary journals such as American Short Fiction, The Chattahoochee Review, and Iron Horse Literary Review. He is currently at work on a novel entitled “Quizzleboon.” Among other exploits, he was guitarist for Hated Youth, a Florida punk rock band. He studied photography at The Southeast Center for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach, and was an artist-in-residence at Light Work in Syracuse, New York. His photography has been exhibited in galleries and has been published in many journals, including The Sun, Green Mountains Review, Witness, and The Oxford American. He played a mean tree surgeon with a mail order bride in a movie called “Ten Thousand Buddhas,” and has a master’s degree in writing from Florida State University. He has taught writing at St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York, and at the University of Alaska Southeast, in Juneau. In 2008 he was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He is currently completing a Master of Fine Arts degree at The University of Mississippi.
"Driving up the steep mountain incline through the forest and into the enclave that is the University of the South, the summer heat is left behind for the balmy climate that is typical of Sewanee. Soon the campus is filled with young writers, each one unique and excited to be a part of this elite group of artists in the language. You’ll find them on the campus under shady trees writing stories and poems and plays, sharing their work with each other and determined to produce works that demand to be read and enjoyed. The students in my workshop were simply some of the best I’ve had, ever. Their enthusiasm for the written word led quickly to an adept understanding of the readings we discussed. One day, for fun, we wrote songs, and it was a magical moment to hear them all sing, to see them backing each other up on chorus and laughing and just having a great time while learning about the language and its narrative uses. My students embraced the rigorous writing schedule, in the classroom and back at the dorms, with gusto, and at the lamentable end of these two wonderful weeks read their polished works to a large room filled with their newfound friends. I am very proud of them, and look forward to reading their stories in the future."