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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.




3:20 PM | San Antonio, TX

Room 218, Henry B. González Convention Center | Panel discussion at AWP 2020 in San Antonio on the key role libraries play in documenting small press activity of the present. Representatives of five libraries will come together to discuss how they discover and collect chapbooks, small print periodicals, zines, hand-bound books and other hard-to-find ephemera.


1-2 PM | San Antonio, TX

Unicorn Press table (T1238) | Come say hello at the AWP Bookfair and pick up a signed copy of Pennsylvania Furnace.


2:30 PM | Tucson, AZ

"Locals Only: Poetry from the Old Pueblo" panel with Diana Marie Delgado and Sarah Kortemeier. At the UA Student Union, in the Kiva Room.

Reading at the Copper Queen Library


Bisbee, AZ

Time TBA

Reading at Poetic Research Bureau


8 PM | Los Angeles, CA

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)


7 PM | Tempe, AZ

Friday Poetry Series at Changing Hands, Tempe location. Open mic after the reading!

Reading at Gettysburg National Military Park


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

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