John Copenhaverâ€™s Barry Award-nominated historical crime novel, Dodging and Burning (Pegasus, 2018), received a Publishers Weekly starred review, and Library Journal starred review and Debut of the Month.
The Associated Press calls it â€śa riveting debut,â€ť and BOLO Books: â€śA masterwork of tone and voice â€¦ a beacon for voices too often stifled.â€ť
Copenhaver writes a crime fiction review column for Lambda Literary called â€śBlacklight,â€ť and he is the five-time recipient of Artist Fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Heâ€™s a Lambda Fellow, and he has completed residencies at VCCA, VSC, and Ragdale. Heâ€™s a Larry Neal awardee, and his work has appeared in CrimeReads, Electric Lit, Glitterwolf, PANK, New York Journal of Books, Washington Independent Review of Books, and others.
He chairs the 7-12 grade English department at Flint Hill School.
He grew up in the mountains of southwestern Virginia and currently lives in DC with his husband, artist Jeffery Paul (Herrity).
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Books:Dodging and Burning, August 2019