John Koetzner - bio

John Koetzner, a resident of Healdsburg, has been an educator, freelance writer and winery worker. He has taught secondary school, community college, and university levels, teaching with a focus on creative writing, critical thinking and basic literacy. His short stories, poetry and reviews have appeared in numerous publications over the past thirty years including journals such as Lactuca, Brushfire, California English, The Dickens, Modern Haiku, The Poet, Poetry Journal, City Miner, New Age Journal, Reno News & Review, Pacific Sun, Frogpond, and numerous others. His CD Four Stories & Poetry was recorded in 2009. Additionally, he was a music critic for Blues Access and was a contributing author for the book, Musichound Guide to the Blues. He co-authored a wine column for the Healdsburg Tribune called Wine Tributaries that eventually moved to and then its own domain. Currently, he is Head Librarian at Mendocino College where he created a literary event called Litfest that completed its sixth year. He is a listed poet and fiction writer with Poets & Writers, and he makes his home in Healdsburg along with two Miniature Schnauzers, a cat, and a small vineyard. He even makes time to read great writers from all over the world.

John was the Literary Laureate for Healdsburg 2012- 2013. Visit the Healdsburg Literary Guild for more events and literary news in the Redwood Empire. Jennifer Lynn Alvarez is the Healdsburg Literary Laureate for 2019-2020.

As of 2017, John has launched an editorial cartoon, titled New Dark Ages, that captures part of the political times. It is posted on Twitter.

Some works by John Koetzner







Sisyphus' Wife

Judah and the Amazing, Amazing Day

Dismantling Democracy

Art and Life

Winter Night Alone


November 2016

Across the Shore


October 2015

Borrowed Time

Seduction in the Glass

weather haiku

September 2015

August 2015





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Healdsburg Literary Guild Members

Two of the Healdsburg Literary Guild Board Members have received silver medals for their works: Waights Taylor Jr. has received it for his nonfiction work Our Southern Home, and Jeane Slone has won for her historical fiction, She Flew Bombers.