Dr. Sara Eliza Johnson

Utah, United States

Member Since: 01/18/2011

Sara Eliza Johnson is a graduate of Cornell University, received her MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon, and holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Utah. Her first book, Bone Map, won the 2013 National Poetry Series and was published by Milkweed Editions in 2014. Her second poetry book, Vapor, will be published by Milkweed Editions in 2022.

Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Boston Review, Copper Nickel, Blackbird, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Best New Poets, DIAGRAM, AGNI, Crazyhorse, Crab Orchard Review, Tampa Review, Memorious, Vinyl, Pleiades, Meridian, TriQuarterly Online, Gulf Coast, Grist, North Dakota Quarterly, Willow Springs, Bright Wall/Dark Room, Rock & Sling, Territory, and Salt Hill, among others, as well as the anthologies Read Women and February, and has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series.

She is the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry, a 2010 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a 2009-2010 and 2015-2016 Winter Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a 2011 work-study scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, as well as fellowships from the University of Oregon and the University of Utah, where she was a Vice Presidential Fellow in the Literature & Creative Writing PhD program and Managing Editor of Quarterly West. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Alaska–Fairbanks.

Website: saraelizajohnson.com

Twitter Username: @saraelizaj


  • Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award(2010)
  • Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Winter Fellowship(2009)
  • AWP Intro Journals Project Award(2007)
  • Academy of American Poets/Larry Levis Memorial Prize(2014)
  • Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Work-Study Scholarship(2011)
  • National Poetry Series(2013)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship(2015)
  • Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Second-Year Poetry Fellowship(2015)


  • Assistant Professor at University of Alaska Fairbanks


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Cornell University (May 2006)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of Oregon (June 2009)
  • Doctoral Degree in Creative Writing from University of Utah (August 2018)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry