the short of it:



J.G.P. MacAdam is a disabled combat vet and the first in his family to earn a college degree. His short stories can be found in Passengers Journal, Line of Advance and Proud To Be: Vol. 10, among others. You can find him hunting for wildflowers with his wife and son or otherwise at jgpmacadam.com

the long of it:



J.G.P. MacAdam has been a "creative-type" his whole life. Since an early age, he sketched, painted, sculpted and wrote. He attended summer art camps and won minor awards. Everyone thought he would grow up to be an artist.

But J.G.P. chose otherwise.

He smashed his perhaps best sculpture in a garage. He gave up painting and drawing altogether. He dropped out of high school. He did things to himself and to others for which he now carries only a profound regret. He ran away from home a lot, eventually running all the way into the US Army.

While in the army, he got very good at hiding his creative side from others. Yet part of him loved being a soldier, particularly an infantryman, and part of him still does. He served overseas in Korea ('05-'06) and Afghanistan ('06-'07 and again in '09), was stationed in upstate New York, Washington, D.C. and spent some long stays in Georgia, Louisiana, Kentucky and Virginia. J.G.P. looked forward to a career in the infantry, until, that is, his past mistakes caught up to him.

Or at least that's the way he thinks of it.

J.G.P. got out of the military and went on to become the first in his family to earn a college degree, a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University at Buffalo (SUNY), with a minor in philosophy.


Never once has J.G.P. set foot inside of a creative writing course, workshop, retreat (virtual or otherwise), or dared dip toe within the MFA world. Though he continues to learn a great deal from other writers, beta-readers, critique partners, podcasts, classics, self-help books and whatever else he can get his hands on.


J.G.P. has lived or spent a significant amount of time in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, Oklahoma, California, Maryland, West Virginia and Maine. He currently lives in Oregon.