Young Widower: A Memoir is the winner of a 2014 Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award.
The Consolations: Poems is the 2015 Peace Corps Writers Best Poetry Book.
Watch John’s 2015 TEDx talk, “The Things We Don’t Mean to Prepare For”:
“Evans is one in a long line of messengers, from Lewis to Didion to Deraniyagala. And we need them: it is too easy to forget that what we have, we will lose — that brown bears come in many guises, and that we are all powerless in one way or another. But thanks to honest and sadly beautiful books like Young Widower, we are at the very least helpless together. We can’t go on, we’ll go on.”–Nicholas Montemarano, Los Angeles Review of Books
THE CONSOLATIONS: POEMS (Trio House Press, March 2014)
winner of the 2013 Trio Award for a First or Second Book of Poetry
“These powerful poems carve out a unique space between elegy and celebration; describing loss but never yielding to it. They draw the reader into a natural and social world seen and spoken in a vernacular of grief which makes a fresh perspective at every turn. This is a compelling new collection.”
–Eavan Boland, author of A Journey With Two Maps