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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

John has a new set of linked stories, MOVIEOLA!. Blurbs came from David Shields, Sam Lipsyte, and others, and the stories appeared in Conjunctions, The Collagist, and elsewhere. See the Events page.

Vanity Fair praised MOVIEOLA! as "thoroughly entertaining" in its "Hot Type" column for June 2016. Chicago Tribune listed it among "Books You Should Read This Summer." BBC Culture named it a "book to devour."

The Millions hailed MOVIEOLA! as "a new shriek for a new century," and The Rumpus as "feverishly exuberant."  The Nervous Breakdown claimed it "recalls Nabokov... the words at times tapdancing and somersaulting." More good notice came at Grub Street, Largehearted Boy and elswehere.

In Spring, 2019, 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. Featuring work from the New York Times and elsewheres, 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: two story collections and two novels. All formats are available. Bedlam, John's first book, includes a new author's preface and two stories previously uncollected

Terremoto Napoletano, the Italian translation of Earthquake I.D., was runner-up for the '09 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 did the translation of Tullio Pironti's memoir, Books & Rough Business, which received wide notice in Italy.

Contact John Domini

John is always glad to hear from readers and thinkers: john at johndomini dot com.

He has won awards in all genres, with fiction in Paris Review and non-fiction in The New York Times. The Times 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 an Iowa Major Artist Award. He has taught at Harvard, Northwestern, and elsewhere, and makes his home in Des Moines.

Photo credit: Camille Renee.