John Griesemer Biography
was born in 1947 and raised in Westfield, New Jersey. He graduated from
Dickinson College, and from 1970-72 served as an infantry rifleman and
journalist in the U.S. Army. In the years following, he worked as a
freelance journalist, a mental hospital orderly, and a deckhand on a salmon
fishing boat. In 1973, he landed a job as a reporter at a daily newspaper in
Western New Hampshire. While in New Hampshire, he wrote a story on a local
theatre company, auditioned for the role of the telegraph boy in their
production of Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth, and went on to
become a full-time actor.
In New York, he appeared on Broadway with
Spalding Gray and George C. Scott, off-Broadway in plays by Sam Shepard and
Shakespeare, in such motion pictures as Malcolm
Men Out, Days
of Thunder, and The
Crucible, and on television in
Law & Order.
While acting, Griesemer began writing and
publishing fiction in literary journals such as Glimmer
Gettysburg Review, Three
Penny Review, and Boulevard.
In 2000, he published his debut novel, No
One Thinks of Greenland, a book
magazine called "that rarest of first-novel achievements: an
across-the-board success." His second novel, Signal and Noise, was published in 2004. For the last 14 years,
Griesemer has lived in Lyme, New Hampshire, with his wife and two children.
This biography was last updated on 07/12/2010.
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