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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.
"Waiting for the Bridegroom" in Christianity & Literature
"Reading the Landscape" at Architrave Press
"The Good Year," "Minnie Gulch, July 1998," and "Liminal Space" in Mount Hope
"Self-portrait with Tucson" at Passages North
Three poems on place in the Journal of Mennonite Writing
Find poems in print: Cimarron Review (50th anniversary edition), Zone 3 (32.1), Resonance: A Theological Journal (3.3, online by subscription), Bayou Magazine (63), The Hollins Critic (53.1), and The San Pedro River Review (7.2).
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 Mama, NewPages, Poet Lore (109.1/2), Los Angeles Review, and Rain Taxi Review of Books Online.