Jon Franklin is a well-known pioneer in creative nonfiction. His innovative work in the use of literary techniques in the nonfiction short story, novel, and explanatory essay won him the first Pulitizer prizes ever awarded in the categories of feature writing (1979) and explanatory journalism (1985). He is currently director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Oregon.
His books include: The Molecules of The Mind, Atheneum, (1987); Writing for Story, Atheneum, (1986); Guinea Pig Doctors, (With J. Sutherland) Morrow, (1984); Not Quite a Miracle, (w/ Alan Doelp), Doubleday, (1983); Shocktrauma, (w/ Alan Doelp), St. Martin's Press, (1980).
In recent years, Franklin's creative energies have focused on the internet. He is the founder and moderator of WriterL, a subscription-only listserver for writers, and director of *bylines*, a pay-per-read publishing venture due to open this Fall.
Born in Enid, Oklahoma, in January 1942, he grew to adulthood traveling around the Southwest. He spent eight years (59-67) as a journalist in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard several aircraft carriers in the Far East and, finally, as a staff writer for ALL HANDS MAGAZINE.
He graduated with high honors from the University of Maryland in 1970 and worked as a science and feature writer at the BALTIMORE SUN from 1970 to 1986. He was a professor at the University of Maryland College of Journalism from 1986 to 1989, and was then professor and chairman of the Department of Journalism at Oregon State University from 1989 to 1991.
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