John Messick

John Messick

John Messick is a graduate of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks MFA program, and a 2013 recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Project award. His work has appeared in Tampa Review, Cirque, Rock & Sling, and others. He currently lives in Homer, Alaska, where he works as a sled dog handler and freelance journalist.

John Messick, Mud Season Review author

Hike your own hike

Brett Sigurdson interviews
John Messick


Our nonfiction editor, Brett Sigurdson, recently spoke with John Messick, author of Issue #7’s “Throwing Stones at Apple Trees.” Here’s what he had to say about his urge to travel, some of the experiences behind his writing, and his growth as a writer…Read more


Throwing Stones at Apple Trees

by John Messick

Along the limestone southern coast of Turkey in the port city of Mersin, tucked amid Roman ruins, fields of iambic columns, and newly built high-rises, I spent three days in a back-alley whorehouse. The sign in front of the building was small, barely visible. “Otel,” it read. Old men sat sipping tea in the lobby…Read more