John Warner (writer)

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John Warner (born 1970) is an American writer and editor. He is the author of four books and the editor of McSweeney's Internet Tendency. He is a frequent contributor to The Morning News[1] and has been anthologized in May Contain Nuts, Stumbling and Raging: More Politically Inspired Fiction, and The Future Dictionary of America. He frequently collaborates with writer Kevin Guilfoile.[2] Warner's most debut novel was The Funny Man. The book has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly[3] and Kirkus Reviews.[4] His most recent work is the short story collection A Tough Day for the Army edited by Michael Griffith and published by the LSU Press series, Yellow Shoe Fiction.[5]

He is the "Chief Creative Czar" of TOW Books, a publishing imprint dedicated to humorous books distributed by F+W Publications Inc.[6]

Warner was born in Northbrook, Illinois. His great uncle is the American writer Allan Seager.

He previously taught at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. His focus was creative writing, and he was the director of a Humor Creative Inquiry. In this inquiry, he was working to teach students what humor is and how to create it. This three course series resulted in a student publication in 2008.

Currently, Warner teaches creative writing at College of Charleston in Charleston, SC.


As Author

  • Sustainable. Resilient. Free.: The Future of Public Higher Education (2020) (ISBN 978-1948742955)
  • The Funny Man (2011) (ISBN 978-1569479735)
  • So You Want to Be President? (2008) (ISBN 1-582-97519-1)
  • Fondling Your Muse: Infallible Advice from a Published Author to the Writerly Aspirant (2005) (ISBN 1-582-97348-2)
  • My First Presidentiary (2001) (with Kevin Guilfoile) (ISBN 0-609-80818-4)

As Editor or Co-Editor

  • Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeney's Book of Lists (2006) (ISBN 0-307-27720-8)
  • Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's Humor Category (2005) (ISBN 1-400-07685-4)


  1. ^, The Morning News LLC. "The Morning News". The Morning News. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  2. ^ "An Interview with Kevin Guilfoile and John Warner - by John Warner and Kevin Guilfoile - Eclectica Magazine v12n3". Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2011-07-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "THE FUNNY MAN by John Warner | Kirkus Reviews". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2011-07-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "TOW Books: An Exciting New Sales Strategy! |". Retrieved 2016-01-28.

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