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First Name John
Last Name Van Rys
Member Since January 9, 2022
Email johnvanrys61@gmail.com
Phone 905-229-9306
Street 5981 Rainham Road RR#9
City Dunnville
State ON
Zipcode N1A 2W8
Country Canada
Company Redeemer University
Pen Name
Branch Affiliation Niagara
Website http://johnvanrys.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/john.vanrys
Bio John Van Rys lives on a hobby farm outside Dunnville, Ontario, with his wife April, dogs, cats, horses, free-run egg-laying hens, and his mother-in-law. He’s also survived raising four children, all of them now released upon an unsuspecting world. When he’s not at home caring for animals, he spends his time as an English professor at Redeemer University in Hamilton, Ontario, teaching literature and writing. And when he’s not teaching, he’s writing—including poems and stories.
Publications Short Story: “Parking Spots.” Blank Spaces 0702 (December 2022): 49-52. Short Story: “The Homely Dreams of a Silly Soul.” Solum Literary Journal. Summer 2022: 27-68. https://www.solumpress.com/publications/p/solum-journal-summer-2022 Story Cycle / Novel in Stories: Moonshine Promises. Wipf and Stock. July 2021. Short Story: “Nether Lands.” Blank Spaces. June 2021: 47-51. Short Story: “Eggsistential Crisis.” Agnes and True. March 9, 2021. https://www.agnesandtrue.com/eggsistential-crisis/ Poem: “Egg Shells.” Dappled Things 15.2 (Pentecost 2020): 39-40. Short Story: “In the Hills and Valleys of Perche.” The Dalhousie Review 99.3 (Autumn 2019): 343-351. Poems: “Skin,” “Circumstantial Pomp.” The New Quarterly 148 (Fall 2018): 94-96. Short Story: “Dome.” The New Quarterly 147 (Summer 2018): 51-57. The College Writer (Cengage Learning) Write for Business (UpWrite Press)
Other Memberships Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) Christianity and Literature Study Group (CLSG), affiliated with ACCUTE The Word Guild
Awards Award of Merit for poem “Den Creature,” Associated Church Press Awards, 1995
Contests First Place in the 2022 Prairie Fire McNally Robinson Booksellers Short Fiction Contest for “Excavations” First Place in the 2022 Word Awards from The Word Guild for best short story in the general market category for “Eggsistential Crisis" Runner-Up in the 2022 Word Awards from The Word Guild for best short story in the general market category for “Nether Lands" Longlisted for the 2020 Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award from The New Quarterly for "Under the Honey Moon" Honorable Mention for 1993 Lyrical Iowa Contest for “The Half-Hearted Semi-Vegetarian Meditates on Bread”
Genres Academic, e-Book, Educational, Fiction, Humour & Entertainment, Poetry, Religion & Spirituality, Romance, Short Stories
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