© 2019 Julie Swarstad Johnson


Swarstad Johnson


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About Me

Julie Swarstad Johnson is a poet and writer who lives in Tucson, Arizona. Her first full-length book of poetry, Pennsylvania Furnace, will be published by Unicorn Press in 2019. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, Jumping the Pit (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and has served as Artist in Residence at Gettysburg National Military Park. With Christopher Cokinos, she is the co-editor of Beyond Earth's Edge: The Poetry of Spaceflight, forthcoming from the University of Arizona Press in 2020. She works at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, home to a world-class library collection of contemporary poetry. 

Listen to interviews with The Seminary Explores and Big Blend Radio. Or read an interview with the Gettysburg Foundation.


Unicorn Press, 2019

Finishing Line Press, 2015



Poems (online)
Book Reviews

For recent reviews, see Harvard Review Online, including a review of Trophic Cascade by Camille T. Dungy (Wesleyan University Press, 2017) and Look by Solmaz Sharif (Graywolf Press, 2016). 

Older book reviews can be found at Literary MamaNewPagesPoet Lore (109.1/2), Los Angeles Review, and Rain Taxi Review of Books Online.



Reading at Antigone Books


6PM | Tucson, AZ

Reading with Eleanor Wilner, author most recently of Before Our Eyes: New and Selected Poems, 1975-2017

Mennonite Arts Weekend


Cincinatti, OH

Reading and workshop at weekend-long celebration of Mennonite artists, February 7-9, 2020. More information here.

Reading at Gettysburg National Military Park


Watch a recording of this event here, thanks to Gettysburg National Military Park.

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