John Jodzio's work has been featured in a variety of places including This American Life, McSweeney's, and One Story. He's the author of the short story collections, Knockout (Soft Skull Press, Spring 2016), Get In If You Want To Live and If You Lived Here You’d Already Be Home. He lives in Minneapolis. 

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Friday & Saturday, October 21-22, 2016
Prairie Gate Literary Festival, Morris, MN

Sunday, November 6th, 2016
w/Tatiana Ryckman & Kendra Fortmeyer
Malvern Books, Austin, TX, 4pm

Thursday, November 17th, 2016
Pete's Candy Reading Series, Brooklyn, NY, 7:30pm





Knockout is full of flawless portraits of the deeply flawed. A recovering drug addict gets tricked into stealing a tiger. A man buys a used sex chair from his neighbor. A woman suffering from agoraphobia raises her son completely indoors. Jodzio wonderfully steers these stories into deeper places, creating a brilliant examination of those on the fringes of modern life.

"The absurd, darkly humorous Americana of Knockout shows Jodzio at his imaginative best."
-- J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Get In If You Want To Live 

From bears hooked on sex outside the species, to hookers hooked on their neighbor’s chili recipe, Jodzio shanghais readers in the course of only a few pages and sucks them into 19 different gonzo worlds. Each story is accompanied by a specially curated illustration by local and international artists. 

 “Get In If You Want to Live is full of genuine laughs for the LOL generation.  It's fantastical whimsy meets potty mouth, gutter mind brilliance with some beautifully twisted artwork to accompany poignantly filthy stories."
Kat George, Thought Catalog

If You Lived Here You'd Already Be Home

If You Lived Here You'd Already Be Home is a world that feels at once alien and strangely familiar. In these 21 brief, funny stories, Jodzio documents his characters disappointment, frustration, and longing for a home that seems forever out of reach. 

"You may think you've read enough stories about penniless gay clowns who can't get over the loss of a dog, but—I assure you—you have not. John Jodzio is the best kind of modern fiction writer: a thematic traditionalist who feels totally new."
--Chuck Klosterman, Author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs