Who I Am

headshot of john haymaker A writer and web programmer with credits for news articles, op-eds, short stories, poetry and Chinese to English translations. I've taught Literature and Composition at American colleges and universities and ESL in the PRC. On the programming front, I've developed data-driven websites and paperless transaction systems while configuring mobile apps and search engines.

pic of John and his partner outside Oz nightclub. pic of Hadji and Eric I now live in Lisbon, Portugal, with my partner of twenty-seven (27!) years, Dr. Hadji Doria. When we first met I said, "I don't know if this the right time or not, but . . . ." He interrupted just then to say, "Now is a perfect time." Wow! What a wonderful way to describe now.

Favorite Links

Real Fiction Radio

Banned Thought

The Intercept

World Socialist Website

Who the Fuck is Henry?

World Catalog

Forbidden Stories

Noam Chomsky

Brooklyn Public Library Books Unbanned Initiative

Works in Progress

Beautiful Ornery Dangerous

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Lewis “Luke” Cook,a motherless young mechanic who rarely considers consequences, loses his job while on parole. At a local diner, he meets up with Jordan Kytte, a twenty-something woman who rarely tells the truth. He’s itching to leave town, and she has a vintage car and could use a mechanic - they click instantly. Inside of two hundred miles their road trip hits a speed bump when a mix-up at a liquor store turns deadly. The rest is beautiful, ornery and dangerous.


Coming soon at Bookends Review

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Ballads of Blond Elvis

Read online now at Piker Press

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The Last Paradise

Chinese translation reprint online now at Bewildering Stories

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Making Light of Grandmother's Fire

Read online now at The Bookends Review

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Grasshopper and Tie-breaker

LGBTQIA+ non-fiction online now @ Cosmic Double

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Papak's Midwinter Kiss

Read online now at Bewildering Stories

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Christmas Crime

Read online now at The Yard: Crime Blog

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Riders on the Storm

Read online now at The Yard: Crime Blog

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Missionaries in Love and Letters

Read online Now at Loveletters

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Two of Us

Read online now at Hawaii Pacific Review

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Izzy's Demise

Read online now at The Yard: Crime Blog

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The House, The Lot

Chinese translation online now at Bewildering Stories

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The Legend of Potter's Field

Read online at Bewildering Stories

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Unleashing the Bull
in the China Shop

Read online at Better than Starbucks

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The Squeeze

Read online at Flash Fiction Magazine

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The Rag Doll and the Siamese

Available at Children, Churches & Daddies Magazine

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Googling a First Love

Read online at Across the Margin

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Pickles, Canopic Jars and
a Dirty Martini

Read online at Rosette Maleficarum

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Dreams out of Bugtussle

Read online at Bull & Cross

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Chinese to English Translations

The Last Paradise

Reprint online now at Bewildering Stories: Stalked by a leopard, a terminally ill research scientist stationed in the wilds of south China discusses love, marriage and death with an ex-wife.

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Photo Copyright Hadji Doria

The House, The Lot

A construction project on land steeped in tradition sows discord among villagers.

Chinese caligraphy projected over and around a Chinese youth

A Letter from a Distant Place

An editor and his assistant clash over a poetry submission, revealing a subtle difference between fiction and poetry.

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Coming online Soon: A Letter from a Distant Place

by Yan Ning

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Original Chinese text appeared in Chang’an 2 (1987). Reprinted in Xiaoshuo Xuankan 5 (1987).

Chinese to English translation originally appeared in: Pig Iron: Third World No. 15 (1988), ISBN 0-917530-23-3  / Library of Congress Catalogue No. 88-69726

Translated by John Haymaker

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