Julia Johnson grew up in New Orleans. Her first book of poems, Naming the Afternoon, was published by the Louisiana State University Press in 2002 and was the winner of the Fellowship of Southern Writers' New Writing Award. Her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Third Coast, Poetry International, Cake Train, Blackbird, Washington Square, and The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume IV: Louisiana (2012). Her new book, The Falling Horse, was published by Factory Hollow Press in January 2012. She holds degrees from Hollins College in Virginia (B.A.) and from The University of Virginia (M.F.A.) where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. She has taught at Hollins University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Virginia Tech, and in the Center of Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. She recently joined the faculty at The University of Kentucky as an Associate Professor of English.
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