John Clayton:

About the Author

On this site:


Montana's Enduring Frontier

Cowboy Girl






Red Lodge

Small Town Bound

Other Books

About John

[John Clayton, photo by James Woodcock]

John Clayton is an independent journalist, essayist, and corporate ghostwriter based in Montana. His new book, Wonderlandscape: A Cultural History of Yellowstone National Park, is due out in summer 2017.

John's articles appear regularly in the Montana Quarterly, Big Sky Journal, Magic (City), and dozens of newspapers through the Writers on the Range syndicate. (Read more about John's articles here.) An earlier book, Stories from Montana's Enduring Frontier, collected John's essays on Montana history. (Read more about that book here.) His major previous work, The Cowboy Girl, is a biography of the Montana/Wyoming novelist, journalist, and homesteader Caroline Lockhart. (Read more about that book here.) John's first book, Small Town Bound, was featured in Time and Harper's magazines and on the Today and Oprah Winfrey shows.

John's work for the business world includes ghostwritten e-books, articles, white papers, and case studies for several leading high-tech companies and consultancies. John enjoys bringing his informal style and fascination with narrative structure to the communication needs of business executives. (Read more about John's business writing here.)

John has contributed to several other books, including a photographic history of Red Lodge, Montana. He has taught at Montana State University-Billings and Rocky Mountain College, and is on the advisory board for the Montana Center for the Book. (One of his favorite annual events is the Montana Book Festival in Missoula.) He speaks about Yellowstone, Caroline Lockhart, the ghost metropolis of Mossmain, writing, and the West at libraries, conferences, and other events.

In his spare time John enjoys basketball, hiking, telemark skiing, home-brewing, and of course reading.

John was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, in 1964. He graduated from Williams College, and lived in the Boston area for several years before moving west in 1990. He lives in a small town in central Montana.

A high-resolution picture is available here. You can connect with John by e-mail or through social media:

E-mail: info [at]


View John Clayton's profile on LinkedIn



You can also follow John on Twitter, although he's never on there and probably won't see anything you tweet.

--- Revised: 8/24/2016

Copyright 2000-2016 John Clayton info [at]