John Messick is an essayist, journalist, satirist, poet, editor, teacher, and aspiring novelist. He has written for Alaska-based news outlets and earned his MFA at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in 2013.

His writing has won several awards, including the 2013 AWP Intro Journals Prize and the 2015 Biostories Elders contest. His essays, book reviews, and poetry can be found in Rock & Sling, Tampa Review, Mud Season Review, Nowhere Magazine, Cargo Literary and other literary journals. Messick’s debut book Compass Lines, about journeys toward finding home and family in the Far North, is forthcoming from Porphyry Press in Spring 2023.

For his day job, Messick teaches composition at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna, Alaska. He is also at work on a novel. In his spare time, John bikes, hikes, paddles, skis, cooks, sews, and plays with his wife Mollie and their two kids.

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