John Capouya – Resume


Books Gorgeous George: The Outrageous Bad-Boy Wrestler Who Created American Pop Culture (HarperCollins, 2008) Biography of the flamboyant 1940‟s/ „50‟s wrestler and pop culture figure. Reviewed/ featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal Online, Newsweek, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated and other national media. Now the basis of a feature film and a documentary.
    Real Men Do Yoga: 21 Star Athletes Reveal Their Secrets for Strength, Flexibility and Peak Performance (Health Communications Inc., 2003)
    Collaborated on Bikram Yoga with hot yoga guru Bikram Choudhury (HarperCollins, 2007)
  Twistory: The Twisted History of a Song and Dance that Some Say Started in Tampa, St. Petersburg Times, Sept. 2010 (music history/pop culture)
    Immersed in Istanbul, St. Petersburg Times, Sept. 2010 (travel)
    A Babe with Brawn, St. Petersburg Times, Sept. 2009 (review of the biography Queen of the Ring by Jeff Leen)
    Chilorio Man, St. Petersburg Times, Feb. 2009 (food feature)
Other Writing
/Creative Work
  Contributing historical research, journalistic reporting and creative nonfiction text to “Shadow and Reflection: Visions of Florida‟s Sacred Landscapes.‟‟ This art installation, a collaboration with photographer Suzanne Williamson on Florida‟s Native American heritage, will be exhibited at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg in October, 2011.
    Associate Producer, two Gorgeous George movies (documentary and feature) commissioned and financed by WWE Studios, release dates TBD.

Assistant Professor of Journalism and Writing, University of Tampa, 2008-present Teach basic and advanced journalism classes, incl. News Reporting & Writing and Feature Writing, as well as courses in Biography & Memoir.
    Leading member of committee charged with creating journalism program/ major at private university of roughly 5000 undergraduates. Program to launch Fall 2011.
    Founding faculty member and part of work group that created new MFA in Creative Writing, starting January 2012.
    Adjunct Professor of Journalism, New York University, 1990s Taught feature writing and magazine editing at NYU.

    Executive Editor, Assigned, edited and oversaw content on website for Rodale (publisher of Prevention, Men’s Health, etc.,) on freelance basis.
Deputy Editor, SmartMoney Magazine Oversaw coverage of consumer topics at national personal finance monthly co-owned by Hearst and Dow Jones.
Senior Editor, Lifestyle, Newsweek In charge of health, family, trends and social issues for national newsweekly. Work nominated for two National Magazine Awards.
Styles Of The Times Editor, The New York Times Lead editor of national Sunday features section.
New York Features Editor, New York Newsday Worked in entertainment and features section at New York daily.
Assistant Editor-Senior Editor, Sport Magazine Began journalism career at national sports monthly. Edited and covered pro basketball.

M. S. in Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 1981
B.A. in English and French, Grinnell College, 1978

    The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, FL, December, 2010 Faculty member at National Writers Workshop entitled “Telling Your Story, Selling Your Story.‟‟ Other faculty members included Pulitzer-Prize winners Tom French, Lane DeGregory and Diana K. Sugg; Poynter Senior Scholar Roy Peter Clark; and Tracy Behar, Executive Editor of publishing house Little, Brown.
    Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference, Denver, August 2010 Panelist on: “The Invisible Line Between Blogging and Reporting.‟‟ Presented on blogging at online magazines and by book publishers and authors.
    AEJMC Conference, Denver, August 2010 Panelist on second topic: “The Multiplatform Magazine.” Presented on potential/best uses of visuals—photography, video—in magazines designed to be read on tablets and phones.
Storytellers’ Summit, University of Florida (Gainesville), May 2010 Part of a three-person panel on writing biography. Faculty at this nonfiction narrative conference included five Pulitzer Prize winners and best-selling author Michael Connelly. Also co-led a second workshop on freelancing.
“From Book to Movie: Two Writers Tell a Gorgeous Story,’’ University of Tampa, February 2010 Two-person university wide symposium on adapting Gorgeous George biography into feature film, with screenwriter John Posey.
AEJMC Conference, Boston, August 2009 Panelist on “The New News‟‟ along with Roy Peter Clark of the Poynter Institute. Spoke on the role and future of nonfiction narrative in journalism and popular culture.
The St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, FL, April 2009 Gave guest lecture to reporters and editors on the long profile.
American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Conference, New York, April 2009 Panelist on “The Big Idea: Handling the Long, Long Research Project.‟

Recipient of 2010 David Delo Research Grant at the University of Tampa in support of project on Florida‟s Native American heritage. With collaborator, photographer Suzanne Williamson, was awarded October 2011 two-person exhibition at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg.

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