JCC professor’s story published in literary magazine Epoch

“Violent Secrets of the Quequechan,” a story by Jamestown Community College sociology professor John Hearn, was published in a recent edition of Epoch.

Epoch, a triannual American literary magazine founded in 1947 by Cornell University, publishes well-known authors and award-winning work.

The main character in “Violent Secrets of the Quequechan” is a 10-year-old boy affected by centuries of violence along the Quequechan River, the historically significant body of water along which he lives.

Hearn coauthored, with Jessica Goodell, “Shade It Black: Death and After in Iraq in 2011” and “I Was a Mortuary Affairs Worker” in Religion and Politics in 2012. “Shade It Black” was selected by Miami University as its 2012 summer reading program selection for all incoming students. The book is assigned for courses at many colleges and universities, including Brown University, George Mason University, University of Nevada, University of Las Vegas, and Norwich University.

Hearn’s writings have been printed in The Washington Post, The Buffalo News, Social Science Quarterly, and Chautauqua Region Word. One of his short stories was awarded honorable mention in a recent contest sponsored by the Glimmer Train literary journal for best emerging writers

A member of JCC’s faculty since 1981, Hearn earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and a master’s degree at the University of Connecticut. He is the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.