Sara Eliza Johnson
Sara Eliza Johnson is a poet and essayist. Intense and lyrical in its use of language and imagery, her writing primarily explores issues of trauma and psychic pain, alienation and annihilation, and apocalypse: the desire to connect across space and time, the desire to be whole and at home, how psychological trauma wrecks a body from the inside out.
Her first book, Bone Map (milkweed.org/book/bone-map), won the National Poetry Series and was published by Milkweed in 2014. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, an NEA Fellowship, and residencies from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, among other honors.
Sara is finishing a second book of poems, and has recently begun work on an essay project that explores her deep love of the horror film alongside her personal history of trauma.
Though she has lived all over the country—from upstate New York to Oregon to Los Angeles to Salt Lake City—she currently lives all the way up in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she loves chasing and photographing the aurora most of all, followed by moose-spotting, hiking, learning how to XC ski, RPG gaming, and watching horror movies with her friends.
There are too many books around (and on) her bed, but here are a few of them: Hard Damage by Aria Aber (poetry), The Complete Stories: Clarice Lispector (prose), and NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (horror).
Selected publications online:
- Two poems at The Academy of American Poets
- Three poems in Blackbird
- Three poems in Virginia Quarterly Review
- “Xenomorph” in Bright Wall/Dark Room
- “Genesis” in DIAGRAM