John Minichillo

Location Nashville, TN
Occupation Creative Writing Professor

Books by John Minichillo
  • by John Minichillo
    Atticus Books, 2011.
  • About Me

    John Minichillo's debut novel, The Snow Whale, a contemporary retelling of Moby-Dick will be released on Atticus Books July 30, 2011.

    He is the recipient of a 2011 Tennessee Artists Grant for Literature.

    His short work appears widely on the web.

    He lives and teaches in Tennessee and he's married to fellow Fictionaut, Katrina Gray.

    Why do you write?

    Like a lot of writers, I started writing because I loved to read. I was fascinated with what the better writers among us could achieve, and I wanted to be one of them.

    John Minichillo's Wall

    Kathy Fish – Dec 02, 2011

    Thanks, John! YOUR wish was fantastic!

    Kathy Fish – Nov 28, 2011

    John, thanks so much for the kind words for "Baby, Baby.." I really appreciate it!

    Sara – May 06, 2010

    John, thanks for your crazy nice note on Spring. It was one of those stories I'd been knocking around in my head forever so that when it came to writing it down, it went fast. (Fast for me, at least, as I'm a turtle when it comes to most things.) I look forward to reading more of your work.

    Sara – May 05, 2010

    I was completely caught up in it. You have an interesting approach to narrative, which I found refreshing -- and all those details, at once utterly familiar became alien through your filter. that garish orange thong, how it came to represent (for me at least) the essence of it all, was really cool.

    Jane Hammons – Apr 24, 2010

    Thanks for the comment on Pleiku Jacket. "Menacing" I like that.

    Ben Loory – Apr 02, 2010

    yeah, man, it's nutty. seriously nutty. i don't even know what to say.

    Rick Rofihe – Mar 31, 2010

    Did I thank you yet for your kind "Snowsuit" comments?

    Very best,

    Jon Davies – Feb 10, 2010

    Thanks for the comment on Apocalypse. Now we just need to get more people to join the challenge--always a challenge.

    James Robison – Feb 02, 2010

    Thank for your star.

    Gary Percesepe – Jan 19, 2010


    hey, i like your new pic

    tether me up

    that k--where'd you find her? wheeeeeeeee. way cool.

    and your kid looks great, in the pics.

    you are a lucky sumbitch.

    carry on

    Christian Bell – Jan 18, 2010

    John, thanks for reading and commenting on my story, "Yellowfin Tuna." Your comments express mainly what I was going for!

    Douglas Light – Jan 08, 2010

    Yeah, "I'm a Hoosier" has gotten me out of many a tight situations.

    Thanks for the read.

    Finnegan Flawnt – Dec 20, 2009

    wow to you, too, john (i also took a break mid-way through your argument chain ;-), thanks for your comment - that paragraph ending with "Play with clay all you like." really really spoke to me. marvelous, thanks.

    R. Daniel Lester – Dec 07, 2009

    Hey John, thanks for the comment on Caffeine Fueled Revelation Machines. Probably one of the coolest about any of my writing, ever. "...teasing the howl out of quiet spaces." Love that.

    Micah Dean Hicks – Nov 19, 2009

    Thanks for the comment, John!

    Larry Strattner – Nov 17, 2009

    Good looking student in your pic - when's his book due out?

    shar – Oct 20, 2009

    thanks for checking out my story. i appreciate the feedback....

    Meg Pokrass – Oct 06, 2009

    john - are you in zoetrope virtual studio?

    Patrick McDonald – Oct 03, 2009

    Hello John. Just checking out fictionaut as you suggested. Looks like a very writer-friendly site. My kind of place.

    Tim Elhajj – Sep 29, 2009

    Thanks for the comments, John. Good point about submitting to groups, which I haven't done much with here.

    Gary Moshimer – Sep 28, 2009

    Again, thank you for the kind words. I too would like them to meet, but I needed this story to end here.

    Meg Pokrass – Sep 24, 2009

    Hi! I'm glad you are finding the prompts useful - thanks for telling me, John. Nice to meet you.

    Morgan Harlow – Aug 31, 2009

    Thanks! Do you think you might send "minimal one" to the poetry group?

    Deborah Riley-Magnus – Apr 21, 2009

    Glad to be here, John! Now, how does this place work? Original short stories? Long pieces? It looks like productive fun.

    David Erlewine – Mar 29, 2009


    Too White – Jan 10, 2009

    Go Moe Tucker GO!

    Mary Miller – Dec 05, 2008

    I lived in Nashville before I came to Hattiesburg. I miss Nashville, so nice there. Where do you teach?

    Molly Gaudry – Oct 04, 2008


    SCPA is in Cincinnati, OH.

    Molly Gaudry – Oct 03, 2008

    Thank you for liking my story. Where do you profess?

    Laurel Snyder – Sep 14, 2008

    You are awesome for even thinking of it! I will be your best friend if you do come. I'm petrified nobody will be there. None of my friends can make it!

    Marcy Dermansky – Sep 04, 2008

    You can have contacts, too, John, just click on everyone's name. It doesn't require that people like you back.

    Brad Davis – Aug 31, 2008

    Thanks for inviting me! Hope to post soon.

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