J. Angie Johnson’s classroom is a friendly, collaborative environment, where she emphasizes that anyone interested and willing to work can learn to write effectively. In her classroom, she coaches students as they analyze and practice specific writing strategies in a variety of genres (i.e. rhetorical analysis, research, argument). Her environment, she says, is a safe place to make mistakes, learn from those mistakes, celebrate achievements, and foster a lifetime of learning – all in the appropriate formatting and style guidelines, of course.
Creatively, J. Angie Johnson’s works have appeared in Mason’s Road, Fairfield University Online Literary Journal, Soviet Peaches: a Literary Magazine, and was anHonorable Mention for CALYX Journal’s 2011 Tenth Annual Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize. She has been a recipient of both the Minnesota State Arts Board/Artist Initiative Grant and the PLRAC/McKnight Emerging Artist Grant, has written and published over a dozen children’s non-fiction titles for Coughlan Companies. She is an active member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), as well as a professional Minnesota writers group, and although Colorado is where she grew up, Johnson lives in south central Minnesota with her husband of 20 years and two incredible children.