Swarstad Johnson


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About Me

Julie Swarstad Johnson is the author of Pennsylvania Furnace (2019), editor's choice selection for the Unicorn Press first book series. Her chapbook Orchard Light is just out from Seven Kitchens Press in May 2020. She has served as Artist in Residence at Gettysburg National Military Park, and she is co-editor of Beyond Earth's Edge: The Poetry of Spaceflight (University of Arizona Press, forthcoming 2020). She lives in Tucson and works at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. 

Listen to interviews with The Seminary Explores and Big Blend Radio. Or read interviews with Under a Warm Green Linden and the Gettysburg Foundation. Or, download a media kit.


Finishing Line Press, 2015


Unicorn Press, 2019

Seven Kitchens Press, 2020



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 the Copper Queen Library

Bisbee, AZ

New date for late 2020 TBD. Part of the Copper Queen Library's National Poetry Month programming.

Reading at Poetic Research Bureau

Los Angeles, CA

Most likely cancelled - Reading with Stephen van Dyck, author of People I've Met From the Internet, and Amina Cain, author of Indelicacy

Reading at Changing Hands (Tempe)

Tempe, AZ

Cancelled, hopefully will be rescheduled for later in 2020. Friday Poetry Series at Changing Hands, Tempe location. Open mic after the reading!

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