Sara Eliza Johnson grew up in Stratford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Cornell University and received her MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Boston Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Best New Poets 2009, Crab Orchard Review, Tampa Review, Memorious, Vinyl, Pleiades, Meridian, TriQuarterly Online, Gulf Coast, and Salt Hill, as well as the anthologies Read Women and February, and has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and the Academy of American Poets website. Her first book, Bone Map (Milkweed, 2014), won the 2013 National Poetry Series.
A finalist for the Stadler Fellowship and Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, she is the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry, a 2010 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a 2009-2010 and 2015-2016 Winter Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a 2011 work-study scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, as well as fellowships from the University of Oregon and the University of Utah, where she was a Vice Presidential Fellow in creative writing and is currently Managing Editor of Quarterly West.
She also teaches online poetry courses through 24 Pearl Street, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown’s online writing program; check here for course descriptions and availability.