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holds a BA and a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and an MA in Writing and Women's Studies from Goddard College, and has taught in colleges and universities, as well as
privately mentoring other writers.
Her first book of poetry, The Chicago Home, won Alice James Booksą first Beatrice Hawley Award, in 1986, and was reissued in 2007.
Her second manuscript of poems, Augury, is due out in 2008 by The Backwaters Press, one of a growing list of titles which includes work by Ted Kooser, Nebraska's recent US Poet Laureate.
Her third collection of poems, , is in process.
Her fourth collection of poems, Swedish Christmas, is to be published as a book complete with a re-pressed and re-released Swedish Christmas CD.
About her poetry, Adrienne Rich has written, "[her] poems are strong and ardent and credible, full of wisdom and indignation. They tell stories we need to hear, sung with the pounding verve of the blood
behind them." Individually, her poems are found in
The American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, Ekphrasis, Luna, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Red Hawk Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and elsewhere.
Widely published, Linnea Johnson's fiction is found in
The Antioch Review, Black, Warrior Review and alongside stories by Barbara Kingsolver and Louise Erdrich in the award winning
My Mother's Daughter collection, and in Twenty Over Forty,
from University Press of Mississippi.
Her commercial articles can be found in Mother Earth News and elsewhere.
Her essays can be found in Chicago Women's Liberation Union online 2001+, Rain and Thunder,
as well as in the prizewinning readers Reclaiming the Heartland: A Midwest Lesbian and Gay Reader, and Women and Class.
Her photographs can be found in Blatant Image, Nebraska Review, Prairie Schooner, Spoon River Poetry Journal, and elsewhere.
She has hosted radio shows on WGLT-FM, Normal, Illinois and on KRNU, Lincoln, NE.
Among her performance pieces are "Swedish Christmas" and a multi-media piece, "Crazy Song." She has studied papermaking at Carriage House Paper, in Boston.
She is founder and director of Red Stuga Studio and Espelunda 3 Productions, a Writing, Creativity, and Mentoring Consultancy also offering classes in
creativity, poetry, prose, and play writing; Play, CD, and Staged Reading Productions.
Born and raised in Chicago and happiest on the coast of Maine, currently, she lives and writes in Topeka, Kansas.