“David Masciotra writes with the precision and integrity and humanity of a great journalist, one whose word you can trust. He knows his subject, and his prose and reporting are always informed by the lights of compassion and decency.” – James Lee Burke

“David Masciotra is insightful, even brilliant at times.” – In These Times

“David Masciotra is a straight shooter.” – Andrew Sullivan

“An epic blogger.” – Forbes

“Kurt Vonnegut is smiling from his grave (or, more appropriately, his urn) after reading David Masciotra.” – Bill Briscoe, Historian at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

David Masciotra

David Masciotra is an author, lecturer, and cultural critic. He is the author of Mellencamp: American Troubadour, from the University Press of Kentucky, and Metallica by Metallica, a 33 1/3 book from Bloomsbury Publishers. In 2010, Continuum Books published his first book, Working On a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen.

His latest book, Barack Obama: Invisible Man, was published by Eyewear Publishing in 2017.

He is currently at work on a new book, set for publication from Bloomsbury Publishers, I Am Somebody: Why Jesse Jackson Matters.

Masciotra is a cultural columnist with Salon, and a regular contributor to No Depression.

He has also written about cultural issues and the arts for the Daily Beast, The Atlantic, Washington Post, Blurt,and the Los Angeles Review of Books,  and politics for AlterNet, the Indianapolis Star, and Truthout. He has written about life and literature for The Cresset. He is a former columnist with PopMatters.

His poetry has appeared in Be About It PressThis Zine Will Change Your Life, and the Pangolin Review.

Masciotra has a Master’s Degree in English Studies and Communication from Valparaiso University. He also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of St. Francis.

He has become a dynamic public speaker. Novelist Ben Tanzer said, “At times David Masciotra is a holy roller preacher, and at other times he is a rock star, but at all times he is an audience’s dream, bringing the fire and the passion whenever and wherever he speaks.” Masciotra has spoken at college campuses, book stores, political rallies, and literary festivals.

Masciotra has proven himself as committed to and capable of exploring a wide range of issues – from spirituality to sex, from politics to pop culture – in a style that excites the reader, provoking thought and moving hearts. He has conducted interviews with a diverse range of musicians, authors, and cultural figures, including Jesse Jackson, all members of Metallica, David Mamet, Daryl Hall, James Lee Burke, Warren Haynes, Stacey Patton, Ruthie Foster, John Mellencamp, Steve Earle, and Rita Dove.

Masciotra lives in Indiana, and teaches literature and political science courses at the University of St. Francis and Indiana University Northwest. He is available for speaking dates and can be reached at

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