Levesque at Large

About John Levesque

John Levesque has been playing with words since he realized "Providence" spelled backward is "Ecnedivorp." Go ahead. Say it: EC-NED-I-VORP.

Don't you love it?

Rest assured that most of the time John goes with conventional spellings. His writing has been called "brilliant" and "lively" by people who were neither held hostage nor coerced into saying nice things about him.

In a colorful journalism career carbon-dated to the last century, John goes from A to Z (A-Rod to zoning) with an eye for the unusual. He once wrote about the international aspects of crew racing by focusing on a piece of furniture. He discussed the modern student-athlete in the context of an old college building. He tried out for "Jeopardy!" -- and passed. He operated that little scoreboard on your TV screen for baseball's All-Star Game -- and nearly passed out.

And get this: He can edit, too. Most people who write well don't make good editors, and vice versa. But John has both genes, thanks to some delicate bio-engineering in the late '50s that he won't discuss in detail until somebody buys the screenplay and casts Juliette Binoche as the scientist/love interest.

From 1991 to 2009, John worked at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in a number of positions: assistant features editor, business editor, TV critic, sports columnist, consumer editor, arts editor and on-call grammarian. In the wake of the P-I's demise as a print publication, he writes regularly for seattlepi.com, does a weekly essay for seattlepostglobe.org, consults on website editorial content and still thinks he's only days away from being called up by the Boston Red Sox.

He also has published a small daily newspaper, worked in corporate public relations, done TV and radio commentary and taught college students how to write persuasively. His hallmark: motivating people and influencing opinion through strategic and well-considered communication. He can do that for you, too, if you happen to need a wordsmith to spruce up your website, your commencement address or your thank-you note to Grandma for the Christmas socks.

John lives in Seattle's greater Ballard metroplex, where he has summited Crown Hill via the little-used northwest face many times without supplemental oxygen. He collects neckties.