John Mauk was named a finalist in the Black Lawrence Press 2012 Hudson Prize contest

This summer, John Mauk was named a finalist in the Black Lawrence Press 2012 Hudson Prize contest. Black Lawrence will publish Mauk’s first short story collection, Field Notes for the Earthbound.

Mauk grew up on the flatlands of northwestern Ohio. After completing a PhD in rhetoric (Bowling Green State University), he wrote scholarly articles and several college textbooks while quietly studying fiction. In 2010, his short collection, The Rest of Us, won Michigan Writer’s Cooperative Press chapbook contest, and its first story, “The Earthbound,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

A resident of Traverse City since 2002, Mauk currently teaches writing and rhetoric courses at Northwestern Michigan College.