John Mauk

John Mauk

Visiting Teaching Professor
Composition and Rhetoric

379 Bachelor Hall
Oxford Campus


PhD, Bowling Green State University, 2000

MA, University of Toledo

BS, Bowling Green State University

  • Composition 
  • Rhetoric theory
  • Rhetorics of fiction
  • Epistemology 

Publications in Composition

  • Mauk, John and John Metz. The Composition of Everyday Life: A Guide to College Writing. Boston: Cengage/Wadsworth, 2018.
  • Culture: A Reader for Writers. John Mauk, ed. Oxford University Press, 2014. 
  • Mauk, John and John Metz. Inventing Arguments. Boston: Cengage/Wadsworth, 2013.
  • Mauk, John. "Location, Location, Location: The 'Real' [E]states of Being, Writing and Thinking in Composition." College English. March 2003. 
  • Mauk, John, Jayme Stayer, Karen Mauk. Think About It: Critical Skills for Academic Writers. Boston: Cengage/Wadsworth, 2014.

Publications in Fiction

  • "Bat Vision," The Kiss (W.W. Norton & Co.), 2018
  • "Hula, Hula, Hula," Arts & Letters, Fall 2016  
  • "The Hooligan Present," Salamander Magazine. December, 2015
  • "Sounding for Mercy." New Millennium Writings. Summer 2015
  • Field Notes for the Earthbound. Black Lawrence Press, October 2014
  • "The Tide." Museum of Americana, Summer 2014
  • "The Groundlings." Moonshot Magazine, Fall 2013
  • The Rest of Us. Traverse City: Michigan Writers Cooperative Press, 2010
  • "The Last Book I Loved: Seven Nights by Jorge Luis Borges", Rumpus, December 2014
  • "The Urgency of Lee K. Abbott.", guest blog, November 2014
  • "The Necessity of Rejection." Portland Book Review, October 2014
  • "Three Things Your Novel's Narrator Needs to Accomplish." Writers Digest, guest blog, September 2014
  • "When We Fell in Love." Three Guys One Book, guest blog, September 2014
  • New Millennium Writings Winter Fiction Contest Winner, 2014
  • Finalist in the Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize Contest, 2012
  • Pushcart Nominee for "The Earthbound," 2010 and for "The Full Horizon," 2014 and for "The Hooligan Present," 2015

Currently, Mauk is developing two projects: first, a series of brief essays about the rhetoric of storytelling--particularly, how the arts of fiction and persuasion divorced--and second, a novel about the tension between myth and modernity.