I’m John Maher, an award winning journalist and poet living in Brooklyn, NY.
I write words and also edit them, as an editor at Publishers Weekly and as a freelance journalist. I’m also one of the two founding editors of The Dot and Line, a web publication of animation journalism, which I ran from February 2016 to May of 2020. You can check out Tears for Toons, my newsletter on animation and trauma, right here.
I’ve written for The Los Angeles Times, New York magazine, Vulture, Esquire.com, Pacific Standard, Thrillist, Real Simple, Polygon, Paste, MEL Magazine, The Daily Dot, Observer, My Recipes, Kirkus Reviews, Literary Hub, Book Marks, Electric Literature, The Millions, The Rumpus, Hyperallergic, The Comics Journal, Entropy, The Book Report, Luna Luna Magazine, Yes, Poetry, The Adirondack Review, Magnapoets, The Long Island Herald, Time Inc. Books, and Outcryer, among others.
Mark Wunderlich once called my poems “sharp, short, and striking, notable for their control and their certainty,” adding that he admired “the endings of the poems in particular, with their modest flourishes, their brandished daggers.” It was really sweet of him.