John Langenfeld is a writer of personal essays and fiction. He entered the Texas prison system at the age of twenty-one and served fifteen consecutive years. While incarcerated John received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sam Houston State University, and a master’s degree in literature from the University of      Houston at Clear Lake.

A lifetime member of Sigma Tau Delta – International English Honor Society, he has been published in Entropy, Threepenny Review, Southampton Review, Bayou Magazine, Thread, Roanoke Review, Carve MagazineBarnstorm Journal, OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters, and Crab Creek Review. Also, he was a finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize 2017, received “notable mention” in Best American Essays 2018, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018.

John lives in his hometown of Austin, Texas, where he is working on his first novel. It is his deepest desire that we all live in kindness and joy.