Second-year fiction Fellow CHERI JOHNSON was raised in Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota. She studied writing at Augsburg College, Hollins University, and the University of Minnesota. Her fiction, poetry, plays, and reviews have been published in Phantasmagoria, The Rio Grande Review, Glimmer Train Stories, New South, Cerise Press, Pleiades, and Puerto Del Sol. Her chapbook of poems, Fun & Games, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2009. She has won fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and the Loft Literary Center, as well as the Glimmer Train Stories Fiction Open and the Dorothy and Granville Hicks Residency in Literature at Yaddo. She is a fiction reader for the online literary magazine Our Stories, and writes grants for musicians and other artists.
She reads an excerpt from her novel-in-progress, "Tina."