John Capen joined Groton’s English department in 1999. Prior to teaching at Groton, John taught in Japan, Oregon, and Maine. In addition to teaching courses in literature and creative writing, he advises the School's literary magazine, The Grotonian
, and previously has advised the newspaper, The Circle Voice
John currently coaches boys cross country and squash. He has coached JV soccer, directed plays, and ran an Upper School dorm.
John has a BA from Haverford College, an MA from the Bread Loaf School of English, and a M.Ed from Harvard University. John loves to travel with his wife and children. During his recent sabbatical, they visited colleagues and friends in the Philippines, India, Istanbul, Morocco, and France. This active and traveling lifestyle sheds some light on another of John’s passions, running marathons, which has taken him to some of his favorite locations in Boston, Mount Desert Island, and Rome.