John Copenhaver's debut historical crime novel, Dodging and Burning (Pegasus, 2018), has been nominated for an Anthony, Macavity, Strand Critics, Barry, and Lammy Award. Copenhaver writes a crime fiction review column for Lambda Literary called “Blacklight,” and he is the five-time recipient of Artist Fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He’s a Lambda Fellow, and he has completed residencies at VCCA, VSC, and Ragdale. He’s a Larry Neal awardee, and his work has appeared in CrimeReads, Electric Lit, Glitterwolf, PANK, New York Journal of Books, Washington Independent Review of Books, and others. He chairs the 7-12 grade English department at Flint Hill School. He lives in DC with his husband, artist Jeffery Paul (Herrity).