Award-winning poet/short story writer/essayist John Macker lives in Santa Fe, NM. His latest book is Blood in the Mix (with El Paso poet Lawrence Welsh) Lummox Press, 2015. In 2014 Disassembled Badlands was published (the 3rd book in the Disassembled Badlands trilogy) and available at fine local bookshops. Other books include Woman of the Disturbed Earth, Wyoming Arcane (Mad Blood magazine #5), Underground Sky, Adventures in the Gun Trade , Las Montañas de Santa Fe and The Royal Road: Impressions of El Camino Real (both in limited edition and with woodblock art by Leon Loughridge.). In 2006, he edited the Desert Shovel Review. Was the recipient of Mad Blood magazine’s 2006 first annual literary arts award. He’s also the recipient of the 2001 Colorado Arts “Tombstone” Award for poetry, presented in Denver. He has been nominated for 2 Pushcart Small Press Prizes. His recent essays on poets and poetry can be found in New Mexico’s Malpais Review (where he is contributing editor) and Cultural Weekly, and his essay on the late pop artist John Chamberlain, “Without Fear or Crowbars” was published in the 2016 Chamberlain exhibit catalogue, Wickets. He recently presented a paper on the late Taos novelist Frank Waters at the Harwood Museum in Taos, sponsored by SOMOS.
Has given readings, lectured, and taught workshops at colleges and festivals throughout the West, including El Paso Community College, Sparrows Poetry Festival, Colorado Mountain College, Colorado Mesa University, Edward Abbey Conference, Moab, Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival, the Harwood Museum, Taos, the Duende Poetry Series, and Ziggie’s Poetry Festival in Denver. In 2009, his books were featured in A Mile High and Underground, an exhibit of Denver literary history, Auraria Campus, sponsored by the Colorado Historical Society.