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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 forthcoming from Seven Kitchens Press in 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.



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 Bexley Public Library


7PM | Bexley, OH

​Reading with Melissa Michal, author of Living on the Borderlines: Stories

Tucson Festival of Books


Time TBA | Tucson, AZ

Panel with Diana Marie Delgado and Sarah Kortemeier

Reading at the Copper Queen Library


Bisbee, AZ

Time TBA

Reading at Gettysburg National Military Park


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

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