MidTown Publishing is fortunate to have John Dufresne as a team member. He is a distinguished professor in the MFA Creative Writing program at Florida International University in Miami. John delivers podcasts on the craft of writing. He is well equipped for the task. His books on the subject, The Lie That Tells a Truth (Norton) and Is Life Like This? (Norton), are used in many university writing programs. His latest contribution What Would Chekhov Do [Revised Second Addition] will soon be published by MidTown Publishing. John is a frequent speaker at industry seminars, book fairs, writer retreats, and other author events.
A more detailed look at his literary career appears below.
John is fascinated with the human condition. In walks near his home in Dania Beach, Florida, it’s not unusual for him to offer to carry a woman’s groceries from the store to the bus stop if she’s willing to share her story.
John’s ability to inspire his students is legendary. Some of his better known students who are published authors include Dennis Lehane, Christine Kling, Preston Allen, and Barbara Parker. We believe his podcasts will give you the same kind of inspiration.
John Dufresne has won the Yankee Magazine award for fiction, the Transatlantic Review/Henfield Foundation Award, a PEN Syndicated Fiction award. His novel Louisiana Power & Light (Norton) was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, 1994. He is also the author of two short story collections, The Way That Water Enters Stone (Norton) and Johnny Too Bad (Norton) , three chapbooks, Lethe, Cupid, Time and Love; Well Enough Alone; and I Will Eat a Piece of the Roof and You Can Eat the Window and the novels, Love Warps the Mind a Little (Norton), also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, 1997, Deep in the Shade of Paradise (Norton), and Requiem, Mass (Norton). He is one of the thirteen authors of the mystery novel, Naked Came the Manatee. His monologue, The Freezer Jesus was produced as part of Native Tongues at Le Chat Noir Theater in New Orleans. He wrote the screenplay for the short film, “The Freezer Jesus” and, with Donald Papy, the feature film To Live and Die in Dixie, both directed by Harper Philbin. His story “Johnny Too Bad,” which originally appeared in Triquarterly, was included in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2003. His story “The Timing of Unfelt Smiles” which originally appeared in Miami Noir, was included in Best American Mystery Stories of 2007. His story “The Cross-Eyed Bear, which originally appeared in Boston Noir,” was selected to appear in Best American Mystery Stories of 2010. He edited the short story anthology Blue Christmas. His latest book on writing, What would Chekhov do? (Madison Avenue Press) was published by a MidTown Publishing affiliated company.