John Gould is the author of two collections of very short stories, Kilter, which was shortlisted for the 2003 Giller Prize and won the Mary Scorer Award (for the best book by a Manitoba publisher), and The Kingdom of Heaven. His fiction has also appeared in chapbooks, and in periodicals across the country. He publishes occasional freelance nonfiction.
John studied at the innovative Integrated Studies program at the University of Waterloo, where he holds a Bachelor degree. He has worked as an environmental researcher, a tree planter and a house framer. More recently he has turned to teaching fiction, and to coordinating arts programs. He co-created and ran the otherwords program at the BC Festival of the Arts, and is now the Executive Director of the Victoria School of Writing. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Malahat Review.
His first novel, Seven Good Reasons Not to Be Good, was published in 2010.