Author of novels, short stories, plays, poems, and songs, John Kearns grew up in Philadelphia where he studied at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and St. Joseph’s University, earning a BA in English with a Minor in Philosophy in 1986. In 1994, he earned an MA in English, Irish Literature Concentration, from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He lives in New York, where he works as a writer.
In November 2003, his one-act play, World Piece, was performed at the Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan. His full length play, Designers with Dirty Faces, had a successful run in July and August 2003 at The Little Theatre in Woodside, Queens, having had a staged reading at Manhattan’s Rocky Sullivan’s in January 2000. His novel in progress, Worlds, was named a finalist in the 2002 New Century Writers’ Awards. His one-act play, The Importance of Loving Shakespeare, was produced at the Eugene Frankel Theatre in New York in 1999. He was chosen to read his short story, “Flight,” at the Lower East Side’s The Living Room in the fall of 2001.
He has worked as a teacher in the South Bronx and in Northeast Philadelphia, an advertising proofreader on Madison Avenue, a freelance writer/editor/proofreader in Washington, DC, and as a Technical Writer in Burlington, VT, Manhattan, Jersey City, and the Bronx.