Born: January 11, 1950
Ohio connection: Birth
John Kachuba received a B.A. in English from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and M.A. degrees in creative writing from Antioch University (1996) and Ohio University (2003). He has had many articles published in national newspapers, magazines, and journals, including Tin House, Hawaii Pacific Review, Connecticut Review, Dogwood, Antioch Review, and Poets and Writers. He has been a conference speaker and presenter at Wildacres Writing Workshop, Florida Suncoast Writers Conference, Columbia Writers Conference, and the Erma Bombeck Humor Writing Workshop. He has spoken on radio and TV shows nationally and internationally. He does both freelance and published writing. His published works are Why Is This Job Killing Me? (cowritten with his wife Mary A. Newman); How to Write Funny: Add Humor to Every Kind of Writing; and the “Haunted Heartland” series, including Ghosthunting Ohio, and Ghosthunting Illinois. Kachuba has taught creative writing at the University of Cincinnati and at Ohio University. He is also on the faculty of Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Kachuba frequently speaks on paranormal and metaphysical topics and is a regular speaker at conferences, universities and libraries, and on podcasts, radio and TV. His interests besides writing are history, nature, and the environment. Kachuba and his wife Mary reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.
2016 Pushcart Prize nominee; Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest, distinguished Top 20, 2014; Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest, Grand Prize, 2014; Bosque Fiction Prize finalist, 2014; E. M. Koeppel Short Fiction Award, Honorable Mention, 2005; Nominee, Ohioana Book Award, 2005; Dogwood Fiction Prize, 2004; Potomac Review Fiction Contest, finalist, 2004; Arts & Letters Fiction Prize finalist, 2003; Ohio University Fusion Project, First Place – short story contest, 2002.