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Biography
John Rember was born in Sun Valley, Idaho, and grew up in the nearby Sawtooth Valley. His mother was a nurse at Sun Valley Hospital and his father drove ski bus and worked as a miner, fishing and hunting guide, trapper, and mechanic. John was educated at Harvard and earned his MFA at the University of Montana. He has worked as a ski patrolman, wilderness ranger, technical writer, concrete and construction worker, high school teacher, bartender, journalist, and professor. He is Writer-at-Large at The College of Idaho in Caldwell and taught for many years in the Pacific University MFA program in Forest Grove, Oregon. He has written numerous articles, stories, and essays for publications ranging from Travel and Leisure to Wildlife Conservation to High Desert Journal to The Huffington Post. John’s latest short story collection, Sudden Death, Over Time (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2012), joins MFA in a Box: A Why to Write Book (Dream of Things, 2010), his memoir Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley (Vintage 2004, Pantheon 2003) and two short story collections, Cheerleaders from Gomorrah: Tales from the Lycra Archipelago (Confluence 1994) and Coyote in the Mountains (Limberlost 1989).
John lives in the Sawtooth Valley with his wife, Julie.

Boards and Organizations
Fishtrap Writing Conference Advisory Board, 1989-2007
Gallatin Writers, Senior Fellow, 1996-2004
Skiing Magazine, Contributing Editor, 1998-2002

Honors and Awards
Silver Winner, 2011 Nautilus Book Awards (MFA in a Box), May 2011
Grand Prize Short List & Finalist, 2011 Eric Hoffer Book Award (MFA in a Box), May 2011
Finalist, 2011 Midwest Book Awards (MFA in a Box), May 2011
Idaho Book of the Year (Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley), Idaho Library Association, October 2004
Stegner Lecture, Lewis-Clark State College (Lewiston, Idaho), April 2004. Talk title: “Reconstructing a Landscape of Hope”
Who’s Who and Who’s Who in American Educators, 1997-present
First Place - Best Feature Story for weekly newspapers with a circulation of 10,000 or more (“Shenandoah, in Life and Death,” published in the Idaho Mountain Express), the National Newspaper Association, 1991
First Place - Magazine Writing (“Idaho Man,” published in Boise Magazine), the Idaho Press Club, 1990
Finalist - Magazine Writing (“Idaho Man,” published in Boise Magazine), the Maggie Awards (the Western States Magazine Awards), 1990
Best Local Column (“View From the North” in the Idaho Mountain Express), the Idaho Newspaper Association, 1988