Sweet Connections: John Julius Reel

Each week we will be connecting with our contributors showing where they have been, where they are now, and what’s up for the future.

Name: John Julius Reel
Title of Piece published in Sweet: The Foreigner’s Neighbors
Issue: 10.3

JJ Reel

Find him:

John currently lives in Seville, Spain where he has been for the past 13 years. The best way to find him, outside of Facebook, is Google. He finds social media to be a distraction, although it can also lead to writing that he loves. We couldn’t agree more!


What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?
I’ve published the following in Ruminate: Eyes to See the Orange Trees

Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?
I’ve written memoir, alluded to above, called A Great Practice Player. Let’s see if I have any luck getting it published!

Who is your favorite author?
Recently, it’s probably David Foster Wallace, especially his essays.

What is your favorite poem/essay/book?
My favorite novel is The Moviegoer, by Walker Percy. My favorite memoir, in part because it inspired mine, is A False Spring, by Pat Jordan.

What inspires you to write?
I’m not really inspired to write. I need to do it.

What is your favorite sweet?
My favorite sweet is the Medjool date.

I love those, too! Here is my favorite go-to party appetizer: Bacon Wrapped Dates

Thank you, John, for taking the time to reconnect with us. We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

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