hcpHopper Creek Press is based in Fairbanks, Alaska. Our first two publications, The Model 12 Winchester As A Way Of Life, and All Great Retrievers Are Temperamental, collections of short stories by outdoors writer and long-time Gray’s Sporting Journal columnist, John Hewitt, are now available for purchase.



A resident of Fairbanks, Alaska, john-dustjacketJohn Hewitt got good grades in school: it was one area in which he and his twin brother competed. He majored in English in college, on his way to a commission in the Marine Corps in time for the Vietnam War. He was still a 2nd Lt. when he got his head blown in by a hand grenade and was sent to the hospital for five months. He received his medical retirement three months after enrolling in graduate school for creative writing in Alaska.

It took him one semester to learn that he didn’t need a bunch of classmates and a teacher to tell him when he’d got a story right. He finished graduate school prepared to teach English in high school. But high school started at the exact same time as duck season. So he became a laborer and a carpenter, with duck seasons off. Which led to his contention that, “I am a duck hunter. Everything else I just fake…”

Fortunately, near the beginning of his writing career, Gray’s Sporting Journal was founded, and he wrote for them for 31 years, until a stroke retired him from writing.