me most of the time
(photo: Sabrina Miller)
me on Saturday mornings
(portrait: Samantha McGraw)

I’m John Maher, an award winning journalist and poet living in Brooklyn, NY.

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 TimesNew York magazine,, Pacific StandardThrillistReal SimplePolygonPasteMEL MagazineThe Daily DotObserverMy RecipesKirkus ReviewsLiterary Hub, Book MarksElectric LiteratureThe MillionsThe RumpusHyperallergicThe Comics JournalEntropyThe Book ReportLuna Luna MagazineYes, PoetryThe Adirondack ReviewMagnapoetsThe 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.