John Rember is a fourth-generation Idahoan. Recurring themes in his writing include the meaning of place, the impact of tourism on the West, and the weirdness of everyday life.
His book MFA in a Box: A Why to Write Book (Dream of Things: 2011) was recognized by the Nautilus Awards, Hoffer Awards and Midwest Book Awards as one of the best new books on creative writing. His memoir Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley (Vintage: 2004) was named Idaho Book of the Year by the Idaho Library Association. He is also author of Cheerleaders from Gomorrah: Tales from the Lycra Archipelago (Confluence: 1994), and Coyote in the Mountains (Limberlost: 1989). His most recent book is Sudden Death, Over Time: Stories (Wordcraft of Oregon: 2012).
John has also published numerous articles and columns in magazines and newspapers, including Travel & Leisure, Wildlife Conservation, and The Huffington Post. He has been a professor of writing for many years, most recently as a core faculty member of the Pacific University MFA program (Forest Grove, Oregon). He is Writer at Large at The College of Idaho.
John lives in the Sawtooth Valley of central Idaho.
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MFA in a Box
by John Rember
Part craft talk, part philosophical tome, part memoir, "MFA in a Box" explores the relationships between the writer and love, grief, place, family, race, violence, and other topics.
Winner of Hoffer, Nautilus and Midwest Book Awards.
"Beyond Burroway." Jo-Ann Mapson, co-creator of University of Alaska MFA Program
"The essential truths about excellent writing." The Judges of the Hoffer Awards
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