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ABOUT ME

I retired after 35 years in the Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections of Princeton University Library, where I was head of manuscripts processing and then, for the last 15 years, curator of historic maps. I’ve written a number of works on cartography, including Strait Through: Magellan to Cook and the Pacific; First X, Then Y, Now Z: An Introduction to Landmark Thematic Maps; and Nova Caesarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888. These have extensive website versions. I’ve been writing poems for most of my life, and, in the 1970s, attended the Writing Program of Syracuse University, where my mentors were poets W. D. Snodgrass and Philip Booth. In subtle ways, they have bookended my approach to poems. I’ve traveled widely, preferring remote, natural settings, and am addicted to kayaking and hiking. In 2017, I published Waypoints (Pleasure Boat Studio, Seattle), a collection of place poems. In the summer of 2019, Twenty Questions, a chapbook, was published by Finishing Line Press.

Preferred contact: email:    macklinjohn@hotmail.com