John Koetzner, a resident of Healdsburg for the past thirty-five years, 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 Wines.com and then its own domain. Currently, he is Head Librarian at Mendocino College where he created a literary event called Litfest that is in its fifth year. He is a listed poet and fiction writer with Poets & Writers, and he makes his home with his wife Margie, two Miniature Schnauzers, two cats, and a small vineyard. He even makes time to read great writers from all over the world.
Latest news: John is the Literary Laureate for Healdsburg 2012- 2013. Visit the Healdsburg Literary Guild for more events and literary news in the Redwood Empire.
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