John Charles Griffin is a poet, photographer, musician, a 1984 graduate of Valdosta State University, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature. His first book, After The Meltdown, was nominated for a 2016 Georgia Author of The Year Award for Poetry. Griffin is a Macon, Georgia native and serves on The Board of Trustees with The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House. He is a U.S. Navy Veteran having served with U.S. Middle East Forces in Bahrain and Mediterranean Fleet based out of Italy. His poems have appeared in anthologies Java Monkey Speaks, Shades And Shadows, Silver Valley Voice, And Velvet Crescendo. Griffin has performed spoken word in Atlanta’s Callanwolde Arts Center, Decatur’s Java Monkey Coffee House, Avid Books of Athens, Macon’s Sidney Lanier Cottage, Gallery West and Valdosta’s Turner Arts Center. His photographs have appeared in Macon Magazine, Georgia Music Magazine, Gritz Magazine, and Kudzu Online. Griffin spent his early years working and playing on a family farm near Hahira, Georgia.