John Langenfeld is a writer of personal essays, poetry, 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 EntropyThreepenny Review, Southampton Review, Bayou Magazine, Thread, Roanoke Review, Barnstorm Journal, and OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters, and was a finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize 2017.

John lives in his hometown of Austin, Texas, where he sips French roast coffee, savors milk chocolate truffles, and ambles the tree-lined trails of Lady Bird Lake. It is his deepest desire that we all live in kindness and joy.