John A. Walsh tells stories. Some stories are told with words; others with pictures.
John's stories are told with both.
His work often focuses on Graphic Narratives that explore the intersection of Racism, Religious Bigotry and Immigration. Engaging readers and viewers in the examination of these haunting aspects of our culture and history is one of his goals.
John was recently chosen as an Artist-in-Residence for the City of Boston and created “Becoming Boston”, a 150 page booklet of interviews with immigrants of various ethnic groups. Through Boston AIR, artists are supported as agents of reflection, collaboration, and activism, whether through process-oriented practice, direct community engagement, and/or as leaders of system-wide change projects at City agencies.
Work from his graphic novel Go Home Paddy will be showcased at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum in the Fall of 2019. His last graphic novel, The Bad Times, (with Christine Kinealy), was published by Quinnipiac University Press. The President of Ireland has described the young reader graphic novel as a book that will “bring us deep into the heart of a tragedy that has left an indelible imprint on Irish society and the Irish people.”
He has spoken at The Boston Public Library, Quinnipiac University, Gaelscoil na Mona, Ireland's Great Hunger Museum and at Stormont in Belfast. John has also taught at The Cape Cod Writers Center Conference.
John lives in Boston with his wife and daughter.