Judith Emlyn Johnson (formerly, Johnson Sherwin)

Fiction Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist

120 South Mountain Ave.
Montclair, NJ 07042

Author's Bio

Judith E. Johnson, poet, fiction-writer, performance artist, and editor, is the author of eight poetry books, including Cities of Mathematics and Desire and The Ice Lizard (Sheep Meadow Press, 2005 and 1992). Her widely exhibited inter-media installation, "Friedrich Liebermann, American Artist," is forthcoming as a digital novel. Former President both of the Board of Associated Writing Programs, and of the Poetry Society of America, she is editor of 13th Moon Press, which publishes 13th Moon: A Feminist Literary magazine, The Little Magazine, and starting in 2008, poetry, fiction and children’s books. Between 1955 and 1985, she published under her married name, Judith Johnson Sherwin. Now retired, she is Professor Emerita of English and Women’s Studies at the State University of New York at Albany

Publications & Prizes


Chick-Lit: Postmodern Fiction by Women, ed. Cris Mazza (Fiction Collective Two, 1995)
The Stonewall Book of Short Fictions, ed. Robert Coover and Kent Dixon (Stonewall, 1973)
Atlantic Monthly
New York Times
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Gods and Mortals: Contemporary Poetry on Classical Themes,ed. Nina Kossman (Oxford University Press, 2001)
The Yale Younger Poets Anthology, ed. George Bradley (Yale University Press, 1998)
One Hundred Great Poems by Women, ed. Carolyn Kizer (Ecco Press, 1995)
Legacies, ed. Carley Bogarad and Jan Schmidt (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1994)
Strong/Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms, ed.Philip Dacey (Harper & Row, 1986)
New York Poems, ed. Howard Moss, (Avon, 1982)
Text-Sound Texts, ed. Richard Kostelanetz (Morrow, 1980)
The Treasury of American Poetry, ed. Nancy Sullivan (Random House, 1978)
The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, ed. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair (W. W. Norton & Company, 1975)
Cities of Mathematics and Desire (Sheep Meadow Press, 2005)
The New Yorker

Spoken Word

The Ice Lizard: Poems (Sheep Meadow Press, 1992)
Dead 's Good Company (Waste Trilogy III) (Countryman Press, 1979)
How the Dead Count: Poems (Norton, 1978)
Transparencies: Poems (Waste Trilogy II) (Countryman Press, 1978)
The Town Scold: Poems (Waste Trilogy I) (Countryman Press, 1977)
Impossible Buildings: Poems (Doubleday, 1972)
The Life of Riot: Short Stories (Atheneum, 1970)
Uranium Poems (Yale University Press, 1969)
Brown University Conference on Experimental Fiction (1993)
PEN American Center, Berkeley, CA (1988)
S.U.N.Y. Writers' Conference, Binghamton, NY (1987)
S.U.N.Y. Albany Jawbone Series (1985)
Piano Trap Operas, Central Hall Artists (1982)
Poets at the Public (1978)
Prizes won: 

Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, N.E.A.Poetry Fellowship, Playboy Fiction Prize, Poetry Society of America Alice Faye Di Castagnola Prize, Nimrod International's Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize

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Feminist, Jewish
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New York
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New York, NY
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Last update: May 09, 2018