Welcome to my website, a place where you can read some of my poems, listen to some of my music, and find out what readings and musical events are on the horizon, as well as other news.

You will also find here some links I think you might find interesting or important.



My new album, Rare Songs, my first in more than, 20 years,  is now available. The album was recorded in Brooklyn at Mighty Toad Studios and features some of the finest musicians in New York City. Many songs are recorded with horns; clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, trombone. Not your typical folk artists album, to be sure, but the production pays homage to the traditional styles for which my songs are known. It features 15 songs and more than an hour’s worth of music.

You may order on line at cdbaby.com. Album notes are available on the album page. You can also order the old fashioned way by send a check payable to me for $15. Please indicate the album you are interested in and information as to where to send the CD. I pay the postage.

Rare Songs, the new CD is available at CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/johnoconnor3 and from itunes. Songs for Our Times and We Ain’t Gonna Give It Back are also available from CD Baby. My album, Unravelin’ is available from itunes. Inquire by email about my album, High Weather.

I am currently looking for house concert or small concert dates on the West Coast in May. If you would like to host a concert, please contact me at tojohnoconnor@gmail.com. Thanks.

Videos from a recent concert:




John will be reading his poems at Norwich Bookstore 291 Main St., Norwich, VT on March 21 at 7PM.

John will also be reading as part of the Voices of Poetry series at the Minor Public Library in Roxbury, CT on April 21 at 2PM.

You can also read John’s work in the current issue of the online literary journal, Adelaide Magazine at http://adelaidemagazine.org/current_issue.html.

John’s poem, The Fall was featured as Rattle’s weekly “Poets Respond” page. You can hear him read the poem at http://www.rattle.com/the-fall-by-john-paul-oconnor/.

John has won the 2015 Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry with the entry of his poetry collection, Half the Truth. The prize includes a cash award of $1,000 and publication of his poetry collection by Snake Nation Press.

Order the book here:


Or by sending $16 to John O’Connor, 4999 East Handsome Brook Rd, Franklin, NY 13775.

John has also been a semi-finalist in the 2013  Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize contest. Other honors include his shortlistings for the Patricia Bibby and Gerald Cable book awards. He was a semi-finalist in 2014 for Waywiser Press’s Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize.  His poem, Beans, which appeared in the 2010 winter issue of Rattle as a recipient of an Honorable Mention in their annual award contest, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  You can hear John read his poems, Beans, Breakfast and The Fall at the Rattle website, www.rattle.com. You can watch a video of John reading his poem Keeping Track on the Eagle and Wren’s Facebook page.

Here is Woodstock (Vermont) Public Television’s production of a reading by John given at the Norman Williams Library in April.



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