John Timpane

Judged: Jan-Mar 2012

John Timpane

John Timpane

John Timpane is the Media Editor/Writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He was the Inquirer’s Commentary Page Editor from 1997-2009. His poetry has appeared in Sequoia, Vocabula Review, Per Contra, Painted Bride Quarterly, 5_Trope, Northeast Corridor, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and elsewhere. His chapbook of poems, Burning Bush (Ontario: Judith Fitzgerald/Cranberry Bush), appeared in 2010. His books include (with Nancy H. Packer) Writing Worth Reading (NY: St. Martin, 1994), It Could Be Verse (Berkeley: Ten Speed, 1995), (with Maureen Watts and the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University) Poetry for Dummies (NY: Hungry Minds, 2000), and (with Roland Reisley) Usonia, N.Y.: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright (NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2000). He played and sang on Car Radio Dog’s CD Fetch! in 2008. He lives in central New Jersey with his wife, Maria-Christina Keller, copy chief for Scientific American. They have a daughter, Pilar, 26, and a son, Conor, 23.


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