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publisher , writer , English language educator

John Clinton McCown, American English language educator, writer, publisher. Recipient American Fiction prize Birch Lane Press, 1991, 93, Academy American Poets prize, 1984, Associated Press award for documentary excellence, 1978; National Endowment for Arts grantee, 1989. Member Associated Writing Programs.


McCown, John Clinton was born on March 7, 1952 in Fayetteville, Tennessee, United States. Son of James Edward and Mary Jane (Wallace) McCown.


Student, Circle-In-The Square Theatre School, New York City, 1974. Bachelor, Wake Forest University, 1974. Master of Arts, Wake Forest University, 1978.

Master of Fine Arts, Indiana University, 1985.


Actor, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, New York City, 1973-1974; actor, National Shakespeare Company. New York City, 1974-1975; instructor English, Wake Forest U., Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1975-1976; artist-in-residence, North Carolina Department Cultural Resources, Smithfield, 1976-1978; reporter, Alabama Information Network, Montgomery, 1978; instructor English, U. Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1980-1981; editor, public, Beloit (Wisconsin) Fiction Journal, since 1984; Professor of English, Beloit College, since 1984; head department, Beloit College, since 1991. Visiting professor Glasgow (Scotland) U., 1988.

Director Neuse Theatre, Smithfield, 1976-1978.



Member Associated Writing Programs.


  • Other Interests

    Avocation: writing.


Married Cynthia Pasquinelli, September 2, 1982. Children: Caitlin Ann, Mary Alison.

James Edward McCown

Mary Jane (Wallace) McCown

Cynthia Pasquinelli

Caitlin Ann McCown

Mary Alison McCown