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 first book, Bone Map, won the 2013 National Poetry Series and was published by Milkweed Editions in 2014. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Boston Review, Copper Nickel, Blackbird, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Best New Poets, DIAGRAM, AGNI, Crazyhorse, Crab Orchard Review, Tampa Review, Memorious, Vinyl, Pleiades, Meridian, TriQuarterly Online, Gulf Coast, Grist, North Dakota Quarterly, Willow Springs, 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 Poem-A-Day series.
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 the Literature & Creative Writing PhD program and Managing Editor of Quarterly West. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Alaska–Fairbanks. 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.