With a mind informed by physics, and a heart yearning for sky burial, Vapor’s epic vision swerves from the microscopic to telescopic, evoking an Anthropocene for a body and planet that are continually dying: “So alone / I open like a grave,” Johnson chronicles her love for “all this emptiness, this warp and transparence, the […]

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  Selected for the 2013 National Poetry Series by Martha Collins, who writes: The territory mapped in this gorgeous book—first a forest with animals, then water and winter ice—is wracked by violence, war, and loss, with the bones and viscera of the living and dead laying claim to our attention. But it is also a […]

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News & Press

9/22: The Dark Mountain Project reviews Vapor. 9/22: The Boston Globe reviews Vapor. 9/22: The essay “Annihilation” appears in The Adroit Journal. 6/22: The poem “Revelation” is pick-of-the-day at Southern Indiana Review. 6/22: The essay “Unspeakable” is available to read at Alaska Quarterly Review. 4/22: “When the Moon is Full, the Trees Speak in Unison” […]

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University of Cincinnati. September 2022. Cincinnati, Ohio. AWP Conference & Bookfair panel: “Beyond Representation: Intersections of Poetry and Mental Illness.” March 2022. Philadelphia, PA. AWP Conference & Bookfair panel: ” The Poetics of Film: Five Poets on the Influence & Impact of Cinema.” March 2022. Philadelphia, PA. Alaska Quarterly Review benefit reading. Zoom. March 2021. AWP […]

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Poems, ESSAYS, etc.

Selected poems online: Pleiades TriQuarterly Meridian Boston Review Southern Indiana Review Connotation Press: An Online Artifact Vinyl Memorious New England Review Verse Daily Poetry Daily Academy of American Poets Virginia Quarterly Review Blackbird Birdfeast Creative Nonfiction Bright Wall/Dark Room DIAGRAM Territory The Adroit Journal Interviews: Poets & Writers Magazine 32 Poems Glappitnova American Microreviews & […]

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Sara Eliza Johnson grew up in Stratford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Cornell University. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon and her PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Utah. Her first book, Bone Map, won the 2013 National Poetry Series and was published by Milkweed Editions in […]

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