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John Counts is a newsman and writer who lives in Michigan.

His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in the Chicago Reader’s Pure Fiction issue, the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Joyland, Midwestern Gothic, Wayne Literary Review, Hypertext, Anthology of Chicago and “A Detroit Anthology.”

He is a contributing editor at the Great Lakes Review where he coordinates the Narrative Map essay project for the Midwest region.

He works as a reporter for MLive.com covering issues all over Michigan.

His blog “Oh Pines! Notes of a North County Newsman” features the weekly column he wrote when he was at the Manistee News Advocate between 2009 and 2012.

He was the singer and guitarist for the hardcore punk band Suburban Delinquents, circa 1994-1999.

He was born in Bay City, Michigan, but moved to the Detroit area when he was 9.

He likes gin and tonics.

His formative years were spent in Livonia, Michigan just outside Detroit, which most of his friends called L-Town.

He’s currently working on a memoir called “L-Town Elegy” about his skater friend, Jay Buck, who was killed in Atlanta at a Halloween party in 2000.

Jay Buck liked to catch snapping turtles.

He earned his BA in English from Wayne State University where he studied under the late novelist Christopher T. Leland and Osvaldo Sabino.

He likes to fly fish and bird hunt in Northern Michigan.

He has two daughters, June and Anna.

He met his wife, Meredith, while the two were earning their MFAs in Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago circa 2009. His master’s thesis advisor was “American Skin” author Don De Grazia.

This is every place he’s lived, in chronological order: Bay City, Livonia, Detroit, Chicago, Detroit, Chicago, Livonia, Manistee, Chelsea and Whitmore Lake.

When he lived in Manistee, his writing room was featured on “Views from the Keyboard.”

If you’d like to contact him, email johncounts138@gmail.com.