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John Hennessy

Senior Lecturer

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John Hennessy received his B.A. from Princeton University, M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas. After two years at Boston University, in 2003 he came to the University of Massachusetts where he has taught a variety of courses in creative writing and literature, including English 499, Foundations and Departures: Fiction, Poetry, and Literary Non-Fiction, a Capstone course for creative writing students. 

Hennessy is the author of two collections of poems, Bridge and Tunnel and Coney Island Pilgrims. He has published fiction, poetry, and a variety of literary and critical essays in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2013, The Believer, Harvard Review, The Huffington Post, The New Republic, Poetry, The Sewanee Review, Southwest Review, The Yale Review, What's Your Exit? A Literary Detour Through New Jersey, and Best New Poets 2005. Hennessy is a contributing editor to Fulcrum: an annual of poetry and aesthetics, and he is the poetry editor of The Common, a new magazine based at Amherst College's Frost Library. 

Awards and Accolades

  • Transatlantic Review Award in Fiction from the Henfield Foundation
  • 2007-2008 Resident Fellowship in Poetry at the Amy Clampitt House
  • Recipient of the 2012 Elizabeth Matchett Stover Memorial Award for Poetry from Southwest Review.