John W. Evans
John W. Evans is the author of three books: Should I Still Wish: A Memoir (University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming in 2017), Young Widower: A Memoir (University of Nebraska Press, 2014) and The Consolations: Poems (Trio House Press, 2014). He teaches at Stanford University.
May 07 2016
The Polish Prince
During Prohibition, Granny Wiskowski sold bootleg gin out of her living room and, at the end of her life, she was still a skilled gambler. The night she won a
Jul 17 2011
Elegy and Narrative
The year after my wife died, I compulsively watched television. I needed distraction, to be entertained. What I could not stream online or order through the mail I sought out at the local video store. I was living in a suburb of Indianapolis, about a mile from a strip mall where I could rent, in a pinch, midseason discs of The Wire, The Office, Friday Night Lights. I got to know the clerks by name, then their shifts, finally their tastes. Once, I tried to make a formal complaint against the corporate headquarters regarding the suspicious and perpetual absence of Battlestar Galactica. It seemed unjust that the universe would conspire to deny my knowledge of its fictional origins. I worked up a good head of steam before leaving, distraught. The offense was egregious, and entirely my own. I went back a few days later, during a different shift.
Jun 01 2010
Poetry Feature: John W. Evans
Features the poems: Eclogue, Scale, Round and Round, Elegy with Boardwalk, There Are No Words, When the Detectives Arrived Sunday Morning