CountyPrince George's County
MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2016
John Feffer is the director of both Foreign Policy in Focus and Epicenter, at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. He has lived in Hyattsville, MD since 2003.
He is the writer and performer of four one-man shows - Krapp's Last PowerPoint, Edible Rex, The Bird, and Stuff - that have appeared in multiple venues including the Capital Fringe Festival, the New York Fringe Festival, the United Solo Festival, and the One Man Standing festival. His other plays include The Pundit, The Politician, and Interrogation. His play Before/After was featured in the 2015 European Month of Culture in Washington, DC. He is also the author of the novel Foamers(Scribner, 1997) under the pen name Jon Berson, and his most recent novel, Splinterlands, will be published by Haymarket in Fall 2016.
He is currently working on two one-man shows. The first is about the 5th century BC Greek general, Alcibiades. The second is a one-man version of Before/After, which features interviews with a dozen people about their experiences before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
He is the author of serveral non-fiction books including Shock Waves: Eastern Europe after the Revolutions (South End, 1992), North Korea/South Korea (Seven Stories, 2003), and Crusade 2.0 (City Lights, 2012). His latest book on Eastern Europe will appear in 2017 from Zed Books. His articles have appeared in, among others, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Salon, The American Prospect, The Nation and The Los Angeles Review of Books.
He has been a Writing Fellow at Provisions Library in Washington, DC, a PanTech fellow in Korean Studies at Stanford Universiy, and a Scoville Fellow in arms control and disarmament. In 2012-3, he was an Open Society Fellow focused on Eastern Europe. He is a former associate editor of World Policy Journal. He has worked as an international affairs representatives in Eastern Europe and East Asia for the American Friends Service Committee. He has studied in England and Russia, lived in Poland and Japan, and traveled widely throughout Europe and Asia.
He is married to Karin Lee.