John Holliday has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Maryland, an MFA in creative writing from Syracuse University, and is currently Teaching Instructor and Director of Graduate Writing in the Rutgers Writing Program.

His primary academic research program concerns the value of literature; thus his creative and academic work is intertwined. His research has won the BSA Essay Prize and has appeared in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism; and his fiction has appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review, Denver Quarterly, and Sonora Review, among other places.

He also has a BS in industrial engineering from Kettering University and for whom he wrote an editorial about his eclectic academic path.

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