John Rowell

John Rowell is the author of the short story collection The Music of Your Life, which was named a Dazzling Debut/Breakout Book of Spring, 2003 at, and was also a finalist for the 2004 Ferro-Grumley Prize. John holds a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill, and an MFA from the Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He is the recipient of fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The Sewanee Writers Conference, The Edward F. Albee Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, The Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Eastern Frontier/Norton Island Residency Program, Kimmel-Harding-Nelson Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Byrdcliffe Foundation, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. His fiction, essays, and reviews have been featured in Tin House, Bloom, and Show Business Weekly, among others, and he was recently represented with a story in Long Story Short: Flash Fiction From Sixty-Five of North Carolina’s Finest Writers, published by UNC Press. Currently, he is at work on a novel entitled People Come and Go So Quickly Here. His play, The Music Of Your Life, based on his collection, received a staged reading at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London’s West End in November, 2010 and a revised version of the play received Semi-Finalist status at the National Playwright’s Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in the spring of 2012. John teaches English and Fiction Writing at The Gilman School of Baltimore, MD, where he also directs in the Upper School theater program.