John Demetry

John Demetry earned his BA in Communications Arts: Radio, Television, and Film from the University of Wisconsin—Madison in 2000. After graduating, he worked as a freelance film (and music) critic for such publications as GayToday, First of the Month, Cinedrama (with his “Letter from New York” column), and his own blog Revolution to Revelation.

With Teofilo Colon and Armond White, Demetry formed Resistance Works, WDC, an independent book publishing collaborative. In 2009, Resistance Works, WDC published White’s Keep Moving: The Michael Jackson Chronicles, on which Demetry acted as Copy Editor. Demetry’s ambitious goal: to publish at least one book a year for the rest of his life under the Resistance Works, WDC imprimatur.

Meanwhile, Demetry endeavors to find a home for his voice—and a voice for his home. Mapping this quest, the works of criticism in The Community of Desire attest to the insights and passion he offers. They demonstrate his:

1) Unique perspective—semiotics-charged, formalism-based, pleasure-bound

2) Fundamental values—pop culture as a unifying force

3) Erudition—as a film major in college (emphasis: history/theory/criticism) and as a life-long student of ideas and art


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