The Chesapeake Bay Bridge by John Francis Istel

Background photo: Chris Connelly/Flickr, CC BY 2.0. Manipulation and design layout: Elizabeth Stark

Background photo: Chris Connelly/Flickr, CC BY 2.0.
Manipulation and design layout: Elizabeth Stark

John Francis Istel has performed as an actor, touring the USA in Taming of the Shrew; parked cars as a valet at a fancy NYC restaurant; taught as an adjunct in the CUNY system and at NYU where he earned an MFA in dramatic writing; bartended in Times Square; worked as an arts editor for American Theatre and Stagebill; and written about theater for AtlanticElleThe Village Voice, and elsewhere. His poetry and fiction have appeared in New LettersWeaveWordRiotHelenLinden Avenue Literary JournalThe Rappahannock Review, Marathon, Gyroscope, and Up the Staircase (Pushcart Prize nominee, 2015). He has stories forthcoming (Summer 2016) in Soundings Review and Golden Walkman Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, where he curates The Word Cabaret, a reading series in Red Hook, teaches English on the Lower East Side of Manhattan at New Design HS, and roots for all things Arsenal.

Photo on 2011-09-11 at 17.10 copyJohn at arsenal gam

Inspiration: Federico Garcia Lorca, family.

Inspiration: Federico Garcia Lorca, family.

Everything can be a window.

Everything can be a window.

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