John Tavares recently wrote a novel and is an avid photographer. His work has been published in a number of literary journals, including Blood & Aphorism, Plowman Press, Green’s Magazine, Filling Station, Whetstone, Broken Pencil, Tessera, Windsor Review, Paperplates, The Write Place at the Write Time, he Maple Tree Literary Supplement, The Writing Disorder, Gertrude, Turk’s Head Review, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, Bareback Magazine, Rampike, Crab Fat Literary Magazine, The Round Up Writer’s Zine, The Acentos Review, Gravel, Brasilia Review, Sediments Literary Arts-Journals, The Gambler, Red Cedar Review, The Siren, and Writing Raw. He has also had articles and features published in East York Observer, East York Times, Beaches Town Crier, East Toronto Advocate, Our Toronto – plus community and trade newspapers such as York University’s Excalibur and Hospital News. He also broadcast a set of short stories as a community broadcaster for Sioux Lookout’s CBLS/CBQW radio.
Born and raised in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Tavares is the son of Portuguese immigrants from the Azores. His formal education includes graduation from the 2-year GAS program at Humber College in Etobicoke with concentration in psychology; the 3-year journalism program at Centennial College in East York; the Specialized Honors BA in English from York University in North York. He has worked as a research assistant for the Sioux Lookout Public Library and as a research assistant conducting a waste management survey of all Sioux Lookout households for the public works department and regional recycle association. He also worked with the disabled for the Sioux Lookout Association for Community Living, and recently completed the Canadian Securities Course, a certification required by the Canadian investment industry.