MFA, University of New Orleans
Barb Johnson worked as a carpenter in New Orleans for more than twenty-five years before embarking on a writing career. She has won Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers and Washington Square’s fiction competition. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of magazines, including The Southern Review, 52 Stories, The Cincinnati Review, The Greensboro Review, Yemmassee, Guernica, and Oxford American. Her nonfiction can be found in anthologies, including Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Acclaimed Authors and the Jobs They Quit and The Booklover’s Guide to New Orleans.
Her debut collection of short stories, More of This World or Maybe Another, was an IndieNext pick and a Discover Great New Writers selection. It won a Stonewall Book Award as well as a Barnes & Noble Discover Award.
Johnson has received grants from The Astraea Foundation and The Deming Fund, as well as winning the Gift of Freedom Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation.
She currently teaches fiction writing in the MFA program at the University of New Orleans and is the fiction editor at Bayou Magazine.
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