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John P. (Jack) Kristofco


Jack Kristofco has published over seven hundred poems and seventy short stories in about two hundred different publications, including: Folio, Rattle, Bryant Literary Review, Cimarron Review, Fourth River, Stand, The MacGuffin, Sierra Nevada Review, BlueLine, Slant, Pinyon, Poem, Snowy Egret, and Clackamas Literary Review. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times and was the 2002 recipient of the Chaffin Prize for Fiction. He has published four collections of poetry: A Box of Stones, (Finishing Line), The Timekeeper’s Garden (Orchard Street), Sunlight in the Stream (Orchard Street), Shadows on the Fog (Orchard Street); and a collection of ‘coming-of-age’ short stories, The Alex Chronicles (Orchard Street).

In 2011, Jack retired from a distinguished,, forty-year career as a professor and university administrator (the last fourteen of those years as Dean of Wayne College at the University of Akron). He lives with his wife, Kathy, in Highland Heights, Ohio (just east of Cleveland), where he continues to pursue his passions for writing, photography, music, and watching his three children and nine grandchildren take their swings at changing the world.