John Griswold was born in Vietnam and raised in coal country in Southern Illinois. His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in War, Literature and the Arts; Brevity; Natural Bridge; Ninth Letter and elsewhere. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, listed as notable in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009, and included in The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 3 (WW Norton). Southern Illinois University's Friends of the Morris Library awarded him their 2009 Delta Award for "writing with distinction"; previous winners include Robert Coover, John Gardner, and Dick Gregory.
John has taught at University of Miami and the University of Illinois, and before that was a corporate and freelance writer, manager of an ad agency, Army deep-sea diver and combat engineer, and interpretive ranger at a state park.