John Lavelle was born in Lackawanna, NY. He spent the first several years of his life living with his grandmother in Scranton, PA. At the age of three he reunited with his family, now four boys and a baby girl when his father moved the family to Northern Appalachia where John spent his childhood and young adulthood. Over the years he has lived in Buffalo, NY, Orlando FL, Tucson, AZ, and Lafayette, LA. He now resides in Palm Bay, FL and teaches at Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL.
He has a PhD in literature from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, an MA in creative writing from the University of Central Florida, and another MA in English from SUNY at Buffalo.
The short story by the same name as his novel, Oreads, the fourth chapter in the book, was a top ten finalist in the Epiphany Chapbook Contest. His short stories have been published diverse literary journals: "Little Sacrifices" was published by No Record Press. "Keeping Trace's Heart" was published in Spank the Carp. "Pantano Wash" published in Red Rock Review 32 (Fall 2013), "Little Feet" published in the anthology Appalachian Stories, "Summer's Eve" in Trajectory Spring 2013. "Dragon Flies" was published in Stone Canoe No. 3, January 30, 2009. "Living in the Past," was published in the anthology When Last on the Mountain by Turtle Press. "Buddy's" was published in Pisgah Review, "Bo" and "Like Tea" in Y2K Magazine, "Milos and Phoebe" in The Cypress Dome. "Little Sacrifices," was published in The Southwestern Review, "Hierophany" in Synthetic Biology and Human Health: Myths, Fables and Synthetic Futures (2012).
His scholarly book Blue Collar, Theoretically: A Post-Marxist Approach to Working-Class Literature was published by McFarland & Co.
He is now working on a novella, two literary novels, a literary science fiction novel and several short stories, compiling them for two collections.
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