John McManus

NORFOLK, 23529

John McManus is the author of four books of fiction: Stop Breakin Down, Born on a Train, Bitter Milk, and his latest story collection, Fox Tooth Heart, published by Sarabande Books in November 2015. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, McSweeney’s, American Short Fiction, The Oxford American, and Electric Literature, among other journals and anthologies. He is the recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, a Creative Capital Literature grant, a Fulbright Scholar grant, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers’ New Writing Award. He grew up in Blount County, Tennessee, and now lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where he directs the MFA creative writing program at ODU.

M.F.A. in Creative Writing, The University of Texas at Austin, (2004)

M.A. in English and Creative Writing, Hollins University, (2001)

B.A. in English Literature, Goucher College, (1999)

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

McManus, J. P. "Creative Capital Literature Grant. Private. 2013 - 2017
McManus, J. "Fulbright Scholar Grant to South Africa. Federal. January 2014 - December 2014


Creative Writing


McManus, M. C.., Cramer, R. J., Boshier, M., Akpinar-Elci, M. and Van Lunen, B. L. (2018). Mental Health and Drivers of Need in Emergent and Non-Emergent Emergency Department (ED) Use: Do Living Location and Non-Emergent Care Sources Matter?. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15 (1).


McManus, J. (2015). Fox Tooth Heart (short story collection). Sarabande Books.
McManus, J. (2005). Bitter Milk (novel). Picador.
McManus, J. (2003). Born on a Train (short story collection). Picador.
McManus, J. (2000). Stop Breakin Down (short story collection). Picador.


McManus, J. ( ). ArtPACE “Two 2 Watch” program, San Antonio .
McManus, J. ( ). Carpe Librum Knoxville, Tennessee.
McManus, J. ( ). Contra Costa Times Literary Festival Walnut Creek, California.
McManus, J. ( ). Goucher College Literary Festival Baltimore.
McManus, J. ( ). Hollins Literary Festival Roanoke, Virginia.
McManus, J. ( ). Marfa Book Company Marfa, Texas.
McManus, J. ( ). Marga Schoeller Bücherstube Berlin, Germany.
McManus, J. ( ). Otis College for the Arts, Los Angeles .
McManus, J. ( ). OutRadio Austin.
McManus, J. ( ). Printemps du Livre Bouches du Rhône, France.
McManus, J. ( ). Southeastern Booksellers Association Atlanta.
McManus, J. ( ). Texas Book Festival Austin.
McManus, J. ( ). The New School for Liberal Arts, Manhattan .
McManus, J. ( ). UT Writers in the Library Series Knoxville, Tennessee.
McManus, J. ( ). “The Roanoke Seven” Memorial Reading and Fundraiser Roanoke, Virginia.
  • 2008: Robert M. MacNamara Foundation Residency,
  • 2007: Corporation of Yaddo Fellowship,
  • 2007: Camargo Foundation Fellowship in Cassis, France,
  • 2006: Shortlisted for the 2006 Weatherford Award (for Bitter Milk) presented by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association, Berea, Kentucky,
  • 2005: Caldera Arts Residency, Sisters, Oregon,
  • 2001: James A. Michener fellowship in fiction at the Michener Center for Writers,
  • 2001: Fellowship of Southern Writers’ New Writers Award, in recognition of distinguished achievement in Southern writing,
  • 2000: Whiting Writers’ Award,