John is the author of Oh’s Profit (William Morrow, Pan), Yvette in America (University of Colorado Press) and numerous short stories. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker and The London Times Literary Supplement. A review in Sewanee Review placed Yvette in America in the ranks of Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio and Alice Munro’s The Beggar Maid.
Active in the civil rights movement, John spent time in a Clarksdale, Mississippi jail in the spring of 1963. He later served for two years in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, and went on to earn an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He has taught at Hanover College (Indiana), Justus Liebig University (Giessen, Germany), and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where he’s now Emeritus Professor of English.
John lives in Thiensville, Wisconsin with his companion, Susan Blake. His son, Matthew Goulet, is an industrial designer in Minneapolis.