Jill McCabe Johnson


PO Box 334
Eastsound, WA 98245

Author's Bio

Jill McCabe Johnson is the author of the poetry books Revolutions We'd Hoped We'd Outgrown, (Finishing Line, 2017) finalist for the Clara Johnson Award in Women's Literature from Jane's Stories Press Foundation, and Diary of the One Swelling Sea (MoonPath, 2013), which won the 2014 Silver Award in Poetry from Nautilus Book Awards. Jill is also the author of the nonfiction chapbook Borderlines (Sweet Publications, 2016) and the poetry chapbook, Pendulum, finalist for the Rane Arroyo Award (Seven Kitchens, 2018). Honors include support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a grant from Artist Trust, an American Academy of Poets Award, the Deborah Tall Memorial Fellowship from Pacific Lutheran University, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing, and serving as the Louise Van Sickle Fellow in Poetry at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln, where she earned her PhD in English. Jill is editor-in-chief at Wandering Aengus Press. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Skagit Valley College in the San Juan Islands.

Literary agent: 
Callie Deitrick, Beth Vesel Literary Agency

Publications & Prizes

Revolutions We'd Hoped We'd Outgrown (Finishing Line Press, 2017)
Diary of the One Swelling Sea (MoonPath Press, 2013)
Barely South Review
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Fiera Lingue
Floating Bridge Review
Miller's Pond
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Prizes won: 

Nautilus Books Silver Award in Poetry for Diary of the One Swelling Sea

Nautilus Books Silver Award in Animals and Nature for For Love of Orcas

Longreads Best of 2021 Number 1 Stories for "The Night Gary Drove Me Home"

Prairie Schooner Mari Sandoz Short Story Award

Floating Bridge Press Paula Jones Gardiner Poetry Award

ScissorTale Review Editors Choice Poetry Award

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Last update: Apr 16, 2022