Meet John Capouya
Associate Professor, Journalism
Education: 1978 Grinnell College, B.A. in English and French
1981 Columbia University, M.S. in Journalism
Courses Taught: Intro to Journalism
News Reporting and Writing
Writing Memoir and Autobiography
Nonfiction Into Film
Biography and Historical Narrative
Composition and Rhetoric
John Capouya specializes in teaching journalism and other forms of nonfiction writing. He was a working journalist in New York City for many years, including stints at Newsweek and SmartMoney magazines, and the newspapers New York Newsday and The New York Times. He has a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
His current book project is Florida Soul, a history of rhythm and blues music in the Sunshine State, to be published by the University Press of Florida. His most recent book is Gorgeous George: The Outrageous Bad-Boy Wrestler Who Invented Pop Culture, a biography published by HarperCollins in 2008. That book is being adapted into both a documentary and a feature film.
Capouya regularly contributes feature storeis to The Tampa Bay Times and reviews books for that paper as well as fortune.com, the website of Forture magazine. Since 2010 he has been collaborating with photographic artist Suzanne Williamson on a project centered on Florida's Native American Heritage site. Their work, combining Capouya's writing and Williamson's images, was published in the literary magazine The Panhandler in 2012.
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