JOHN STRULOEFF is the author of the poetry collection, The Man I Was Supposed to Be (Loom Press, 2008), which was a finalist for six national poetry book competitions, including the Colorado Prize for Poetry and the A. Paulin, Jr. Poetry Prize (BOA Editions). Set in the mountainous rainforests of his native Pacific Northwest, these poems capture with startling clarity a people and a terrain that is both dark and beautiful.
His fiction and poetry has been published in more than forty magazines and literary journals, such as The Atlantic Monthly, The Literary Review, The Southern Review, PN Review (UK), Vagabond (Bulgaria), Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, and War, Literature & the Arts, and in the anthologies Open Spaces: Voices from the Pacific Northwest (University of Washington Press), Tight Lines: Ten Years of the Yale Anglers’ Journal (Yale University Press), and Aftermath: Stories of Secrets and Consequences (MSR Publishing, December 2012), among others.
His honors include a Stegner Fellowship to Stanford University (2005-07), an NEA Literature Fellowship (2009), a Sozopol Fiction Fellowship (Bulgaria, Elizabeth Kostova Foundation), a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a variety of travel and research grants to Russia, the UK, Switzerland, and elsewhere.
He holds both the MA and PhD in English/Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as the BA in English from Oregon State University, where he minored in physics and writing. His doctoral dissertation, entitled Spirit Wrestlers, was a novel based on his grandfather’s family’s escape from Russia to Canada, along with thousands of other doukhobortsi, at the beginning of the twentieth century.
He lives in the foothills of the Santa Monica mountains in Thousand Oaks, CA with his wife, New York Times bestselling young adult novelist, Cynthia Hand (author of the Unearthly series from HarperTeen), and their two children.
Currently he directs and teaches in the Creative Writing program at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.