More than two thousand of John Engle’s poems have appeared in various magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, Commonweal, Writers Digest, and Poem. In addition to his two books of light verse, Laugh Lightly and Laugh Lightly II, his light verse is also included in three hardcover anthologies, Light Year ‘86, Light Year ‘87, and Light Year ‘88, published by Bits Press, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and in Light magazine which took up where these anthologies left off. His latest books are Leaning Toward the Light, an illustrated handbook on how to write and publish light verse and How to Write that Theme, a book for junior and senior high school students on how to write themes of all kinds, along with detailed instructions on how to prepare and mail manuscripts to editors, using the same method with which he coached hundreds of his students into getting published and winning writing contests. He has published serious poetry and prose in his books, Modern Odyssey, Sea Songs, Tree People, Cycle of Beauty, and Present Perfect. His poetry is also included in the hardcover Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of Modern Poetry, 1980, 1981, and 1985. His poetic voice went international when his poetry was selected for two Japanese college texts, A College Anthology of American Literature and American Poetry for College Students.
As a teacher of creative writing and a participant in the Ohio Arts Council Writers-in-the-Schools program, he has coached hundreds of young people and adults into print. He served many years as editorial associate of Writer’s Digest, and has had many poems and articles published in that magazine and in other Writer’s Digest publications, including the hardcover book, A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Published. He has read, lectured, conducted workshops for groups, schools, and conferences; and for several years he edited a column of poetry called Engle’s Angle in a magazine and newspapers. He has also published short fiction, a one-act play and has had a full-length historical drama produced. At present he is concentrating on the creation of what he calls "PhotoPoems" in which he combines his poetry and original photography on greeting cards, post cards, wall hangings, and in books. He has received many awards for his poetry, including a special award at the Indiana University Writers Conference, the Convention Award from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies in Birmingham and the Grand Prize in the annual ByLine Magazine poetry contest. In 1980 he was awarded a plaque by the Ohio Poetry Day Association for Outstanding Service to Poetry in Ohio. In 1995 The Kentucky State Poetry Society gave him an Award of Special Recognition for the Advancement of Poetry in Kentucky and the Nation.
John's I Sing the Body Electric is an erotic masterpiece. His intensely romantic passion unfolds in this series of explicit love poems revealing the true gift of human existence. This work is currently available exclusively through the Internet Poets' Cooperative.