Tim Johnston

Fiction Writer

Iowa City, IA

Author's Bio

Tim Johnston is a graduate of The University of Iowa, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he taught numerous writing courses. He is the author of the novel NEVER SO GREEN (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2002), and the story collection IRISH GIRL & OTHER STORIES, forthcoming from the University of North Texas Press. An O. Henry Prize winner and twice shortlisted for the Best American Short Stories series, Johnston's fiction has appeared in New England Review, New Letters, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, Confrontation, Colorado Review, DoubleTake, Best Life Magazine, and other publications, including David Sedaris' anthology of favorites, Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (Simon & Schuster, 2005). In 2008 he was a MacDowell Fellow, his stories won first prize in the New Letters Awards for Writers, first prize in the Gival Press Short Story Award, and his story collection, IRISH GIRL, won the 2009 Katherine Anne Porter Award. He currently lives in Washington, DC, where he is the 2011-12 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington Fellow.

For more, including author profiles in Publisher's Weekly and the L.A. Times, links to stories, and an audio interview, please visit timjohnston.net.

Publications & Prizes

Children Playing Before A Statue Of Hercules (Simon & Schuster, 2005)
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2003 (Anchor Books, 2003)
The Next Parish Over: A Collection of Irish American Writing (New Rivers Press, 1996)
Never So Green (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002)
Prizes won: 

The O. Henry Prize; the 2009 Katherine Anne Porter Award;
first prize, 2008 Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Award (New Letters); first prize, 2008 Gival Press Short Story Award;
first prize, The Harvey Swados Fiction Award; MacDowell Colony Fellow.

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Selected Stories by Andre Dubus, Child of God by Cormac McCarthy, Wallace Stegner and the American West by Philip L. Fradkin

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Iowa City
Raised in: 
Iowa City, IA
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Last update: May 03, 2012