John Shannon


John Shannon is a writer and retired US Army officer with over twenty-six years in the military. He served two tours in Afghanistan—the first in 2005 with 3rd Group Special Forces and again in 2008 with the New York Army National Guard. He is a graduate of Cornell University and he now lives and writes in Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA). 

    His published work includes: “The Jump” in The BookPress, May 1998, Ithaca, NY; “Red Flowers” in The War Writer's Campaign, February 2014 and again in their print anthology ‘The VOW Anthology: Voices of War 2014,’ March 2015; “The Dirge” in Digital Americana Magazine, Winter 2014; “Convoy Operations” Scintilla Press, July 2014; “Brought Low” in the horror anthology, ‘High Strange Horror: Weird Tales of Paranoia and the Damned’ by Muzzleland Press, April 2015; and “The Road of My Desire or How The Way Forward Never Is” Wild Age Press, December 2015. 


KSFR’s John Shannon speaks with Executive Director Rick Iannucci from the  "Horses for Heroes” -  A unique horsemanship and wellness program based in Santa Fe, NM, free to ALL post 9/11 veterans and active military, especially those who have sustained PTSD or have experienced combat trauma during their time of service. 

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John Shannon

Last month KSFR's John Shannon had the opportunity to talk with Lisa Law - Photographer, Flower Child and Chronicler of the 60's - about what she's doing now and how she went from Haight Ashbury in 1967 to Woodstock in 1969 where she helped prepare breakfast in bed for 400,000! Part Two airs tomorrow. For more information on Lisa Law, see link below: https://www.facebook.com › lisalawphoto Part One   Part Two

Santa Fe Farmer's Market Institute

KSFR's John Shannon had the opportunity to speak with  Culinary collaborator Hue-Chan Karels who has found her way here to Santa fe from Washington DC - She's the Chef/Owner of Open Kitchen - John finds out what it's all about.

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A Belgian Malinois student of David Crosby - Scout

KSFR’s John Shannon talks with Dog Trainer David Crosby who shares his ideas on stemming the epidemic of school gun violence.

Jennifer Jesse Smith

KSFR's John Shannon speaks with Indigenous Artist Jennifer Jesse Smith about the inspiration behind her jewelry and her upcoming show.

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  KSFR's John Shannon had the opportunity to speak with Galisteo based renowned artist Woody Gwyn who is a recipient of both the New Mexico Governors Award for Excellence in the Arts and the Artists' Award from the National Endowment of the Arts - His works are in some of the finest collections and museums around the world. He currently has a show - Next To Nature - at The LewAllen Galleries in Santa Fe's Rail Yard.  The wide ranging interview covers art, philiosophy and history of place. For more information on his current show, see link below: 

Judy Tuwaletstiwa

Tune in to hear KSFR's Award-Winning John Shannon interview renowned Artist Judy Tuwaletstiwa.

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KSFR's John Shannon who covers Veteran's Affairs spoke with Acushla (A koosh lah) Bastible the Director of the LifeSongs Program at The Academy for the Love of Learning.  This program connects elders - in this case elder veterans with young people and preserves their stories in song.  They have a concert coming up at the end of this month.

KSFR's John Shannon spoke with the Director and Treasurer of the globe-trotting New Mexico Peace Choir who will be performing here in Santa Fe at the James A Little Theatre this Sunday 23 September 2018 at 3 PM 

KSFR's John Shannon discusses a landmark legal case involving fake Native American jewelry with local artist and advocate Liz Wallace.  

Today on KSFR's Wake-Up Call, you'll hear a re-cap of last night’s debate between New Mexico’s candidates for Governor: Republican Steve Pearce and Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham; Also today, John Shannon discusses a landmark legal case involving fake Native American jewelry with local artist and advocate Liz Wallace.

KSFR's John Shannon reports on a wide-ranging Santa Fe Community College course about horses and much deeper matters. - Horses in Myth, Legend and Spiritual Thought.

On Wednesday’s KSFR Wake-Up Call, on America Speaks, Tish Lampert has part two of her interview with photojournalist Quentin Williams. Also on the podcast: John Shannon reports on a wide-ranging Santa Fe Community College  class about horses and much deeper matters; Correspondent and commentator Martha Burk weighs-in later with her thoughts on so-called “campus carry” as colleges get back in session in many locations this month….And, KSFR film reviewer David D’Arcy provides his take on “American Dharma.”



Today on KSFR’s Wake-Up Call: Tom Trowbridge interviews Democratic candidate for N.M. Representative from District 43, Christine Chandler. Also: KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer has the story of the conspiracy theories that have been bandied about since the September 6th emergency evacuation and ten-day closure of the Sunspot Solar Observatory in southern New Mexico. And we’ll also hear about a new city of Santa Fe campaign to encourage eligible immigrants to register for U-S citizenship.

Today on KSFR’s Wake-Up Call: On Wednesday, Senator Martin Heinrich grilled two social media executives over election security, we’ll hear his comments. Also, host Tom Trowbridge gets an overview of New Mexico’s summer-time weather and the outlook for meteorological autumn; KSFR’s Mary Lou Cooper reports on a statewide initiative to promote Farm-to-School produce for meals in local schools…and Ellen Lockyer tells us its New Mexico State Fair Time.