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"John Domini is a master of suspense and psychological complexity."
— Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy
"John Domini is a writer of the world."
—  Steve Erickson, author of Zeroville. 

HIGHlights lately

Johnny has a set of linked stories, MOVIELOA! out June, 2016. Blurbs came from David Shields and others, and the stories appeared in Conjunctions, The Collagist, and elsewhere. See the Events page for more.

In 2017 Dzanc will publish The Color Inside a Melon, the final novel in John's Naples trilogy. An excerpt from the new novel, adapted to stand alone, was "featured fiction" in Del Sol Review.

Dzanc also brought out John's 2014 selection of essays and criticism, The Sea-God's Herb. With work from the New York Times and many other places, the subjects range from novels and poetry to visual arts and TV.

Publishers' Weekly called Sea-God's Herb "poetic" and "fascinating;" Brooklyn Rail called it "important" and "provocative." There were interviews in The Believer and elsewhere. For more, see the Books page.

John's poetry, The Grand McLuckless Road Atlas, is in all formats on Pedestrian Press/Bicycle Review. His  2008 novel A Tomb on the Periphery, on Gival Press, is also available. See Books.

John's first four titles are in electronic editions on Dzanc: the two story collections Bedlam and Highway Trade, and the two novels Talking Heads: 77 and Earthquake I.D. Downloads are available in a variety of formats. Bedlam, John's first book, includes a new author's preface and two stories previously uncollected

In 2009, John's novel Terremoto Napoletano, the Italian translation of Earthquake I.D., was the runner-up for Italy's Domenico Rea prize.

A member of the National Book Critics Circle, John reviews for the Washington Post and elsewhere, with longer criticism in LitHub and elsewhere. 

John's translation of Tullio Pironti's memoir, Books & Rough Business, is in bookstores and online. In Italy, the memoir received over 100 reviews.

Contact John Domini

John is always glad to hear from readers and thinkers:

He has won awards in all genres, and publications include fiction in Paris Review non-fiction in The New York Times, and poetry in Meridian. The New York Times has praised his work as "dreamlike... grabs hold of both reader and character," and Alan Cheuse, of NPR's "All Things Considered," described it as "witty and biting."

John's grants include an NEA Fellowship and a Major Artist Award from the Iowa Arts Council. has taught at Harvard, Northwestern, and elsewhere, and he makes his home in Des Moines.

Photo credit: Camille Renee.