This Week’s Reader: John Copenhaver

John CopenhaverAbout:

John Copenhaver chairs the English department at Flint Hill School, an independent high school outside of Washington, DC. His novel manuscript Dodging and Burning placed as a quarterfinalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. He attended Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2012 and 2013, and Tin House in 2013. In 2011 he was a fellow in genre fiction at the Lambda Writers Retreat. He graduated with his MFA from George Mason, where he edited the literary magazine Phoebe. He has published in regional journals, including Timber Creek Review and The Roanoke Review, and was first runner-up in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest and Narrative Magazine Winter Story Contest, 2014. His blog is called Talking the Walk.

A Flash He Admires:

Hannah Bottamy’s “Currents.”

One of John’s Stories:

 “The Fledgling”

Deal Breaker: 

“Please no purple prose. Have a vivid, textured, and authentic voice, but be clear and concrete.  Remember, your job as a writer is to communicate, not obfuscate.”

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