About the Author


Pencil-sketch adapted photograph taken at the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative fall gathering in October 2014 at the Highland Center in New Market, TN (photo courtesy: Scott Goebel)

John C. Mannone has over 770 works in venues such as Poetry SouthBlue Fifth Review, Peacock Journal Drunk Monkeys, Annals of Internal Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine, Intima: Journal of Narrative Medicine, Inscape Literary JournalWindhover, Artemis Journal, Southern Poetry Anthology (NC), Still: The Journal, Town Creek Poetry, Negative Capability, Tupelo Press, Baltimore Review, PedestalEvent Horizon Magazine, Syzygy Journal and others. He’s the author of three literary poetry collections: Apocalypse (Alban Lake Publishing, 2015), 3rd place winner for the 2017 Elgin Book Award; Disabled Monsters (The Linnet’s Wings Press, 2015) featured at the Southern Festival of Books; and Flux Lines (Celtic Cat Publishing, forthcoming early 2019). He’s the poetry editor for Silver Blade, Liquid Imagination and Abyss & Apex.

He’s recipient of the 2017 Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian literature and has won the 2015 and 2017 Joy Margrave award for creative nonfiction as well as the 2015 Tennessee Mountain Writers poetry award and the 2018 children’s literature award. He has been nominated several times for the Pushcart prize in poetry, as well as for the Rhysling poetry award, Dwarf Stars award, and Best of the Net. He’s been awarded two Weymouth writing residencies. He also won the 2017 Horror Writers Association Scholarship. He was selected to be the 2018 Celebrity Judge for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.

You can learn more about his aesthetics as a writer in a 2011 Six Questions interview. But the short of it is that he seeks literary quality poetry that has a speculative element, and that has literary depth.

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 (Aug 2010-present) and after serving as an associate editor for a couple years, he advanced to senior poetry editor of Abyss & Apex Magazine of Speculative Fiction (Jan 2014-present). He was the first guest poetry editor for a London-based magazine, Inkspill (Spring 2011). He has also served as guest poetry editor for Eye To The Telescope (Fall 2014), an online magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association, as well as guest editor for Subprimal Poetry Art (Spring 2016). Effective September 2016, he began serving as poetry editor for Liquid Imagination.  He is an active member of both the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild (President 2016-2019) and the Knoxville Writers’ Guild. He has been appointed Frequent Contributor to the Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

Outside literary circles, he has been a professor of physics and a nuclear consultant. He is active in astronomy outreach and research and has served as a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador for the Great State of Tennessee (2008-2014). 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 and is often an invited speaker to astronomy-related events. 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.

He writes spiritual poetry and has been sharing it through his PoeticWord Ministries in churches, but also extensively in secular markets, since August 2005.

Updated January 5, 2019