John C. Mannone is a widely published award-winning poet nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry (2009 & 2010), as well as for the 2010 Rhysling Poetry Award. Over 300 poems and short fiction appear in literary and speculative fiction journals and anthologies, such as The Baltimore Review, The Pedestal, Rose & Thorn Journal, Tipton Poetry Journal, Conclave: A Journal of Character, Glass, Prime Mincer, Motif v2 and v3 (MotesBooks), Rose Red Review,Skive (Australia), Abyss & Apex, Paper Crow, Mobius, Iodine Poetry Journal, MO: Writings From the River, Aethlon, Pirene’s Fountain (Australia), Main Channel Voices: A Dam Fine Literary Magazine, Wordgathering: The Journal of Disability Poetry, The Linnet’s Wings (Ireland), The Legendary, Eclectic Flash, Liquid Imagination, Silver Blade, Poetry Cornwall (England), Star*Line, Enchanted Conversation, Aurora Wolf anthologies, Scifaikuest, Astropoetica and many others.
Mannone was on the faculty of To Write Well, slated to teach a poetry workshop series called The Anatomy of Poetry, but the website ran into some technical difficulties and been postponed (probably indefinitely. He is a Trustee/Director for Silver Pen, a 501(c)(3) organization designed to help writers, editors, and publishers achieve excellence. He is the poetry editor of Silver Blade: The Quarterly Journal of Fantasy Fiction (from summer 2010) and the assistant poetry editor of Abyss & Apex Magazine of Speculative Fiction (from summer 2011). He was the first guest poetry editor for a London based magazine, Inkspill (Spring 2011).
Outside literary circles, he is a professor of physics and a nuclear consultant. He is active in astronomy outreach and research, he is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador for the Great State of Tennessee. He was invited to the American Astronomical Society meeting in Boston (May 2011) as part of a special panel on teaching strategies. He is noted for using poetry in the astronomy classroom. He had served as senior editor for the Journal of the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomy (2006-2011). He lives in east Tennessee between Knoxville and Chattanooga.