John Macken, the son of Richard Macken, of Brookeborough, was a merchant at Ballyconnell in Ireland before becoming joint editor of the Enniskillen Chronicle in 1808. He traveled to London in 1818 in an unsuccessful attempt to further his career, publishing verse under the pseudonym "Ismael Fitzadam." He befriended William Jerdan, who published his poems in the Literary Gazette. Macken returned to Ireland and resumed his career in journalism in 1821.
Minstrel stolen moments, or shreds of fancy. 1814.
Harp of the Desert, containing The battle of Algiers. 1818.
Lays on Land. 1821.