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Born in Holstein, Iowa, John graduated with honors from Morningside College in Sioux City. He earned graduate degrees from the University of Iowa, Truman University, & the University of New Mexico. Before coming to Northern Arizona University, John taught at West Texas A&M University & at New Mexico Tech (1970-98). He  co-edited The New Mexico Humanities Review for 15 years (1978-93). His writing is both analytic & creative. Translated into French, German, Polish, & Japanese, his critical essays have been published in 11 countries. In addition to professional writing, John is also interested in American pragmatism & postmodernism, specifically in the work of Richard Rorty & Charles Taylor. Abroad he has taught at: