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You can email Juleen at juleenjohnson@gmail.com.


Juleen Eun Sun Johnson is an interdisciplinary BIPOC writer and artist. Johnson was born in Seoul, South Korea. She was adopted at three and taken to Valdez, Alaska. Johnson earned an MFA in Visual Studies from PNCA and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and the recipient of the Isabella Gardner Fellowship. Johnson is also a 2023 recipient of the Cannon Beach Art Association Grant for art and writing.

Johnson’s work has been published in: The Rio Grande Review, Whiskey Island Magazine, The Dunes Review, Poetry Northwest and other journals and anthologies. Her poem won the Zone 3 Press Prize for Poetry. Johnson’s poems have been nominated for the Best of Net. She is the founder and editor of Trestle Ties: A Landscape of Emergence.

Her debut chapbook, “Topography of Materials” was published by Bottlecap Press in 2023.

Johnson lives in Astoria, OR with her husband Aaron and two cats (Tobias and Bruce).



2021 - MFA University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Creative Writing
2020 - Smith College Book Making Course with Barry Moser
2019 - Summer University of Oxford, UK
2015 - Summer Iowa Summer Writers’ Workshop in Poetry
2012 - MFA Pacific Northwest College of Art, Visual Studies with an emphasis in theoretical practice
2010 - BA CSU Monterey Bay, Visual and Public Art Concentrations: Integrated Media and Museum Studies
2009 - BA CSU Monterey Bay, Humanities and Communication Concentrations: Creative Writing & Social Action and Film & Literature Minor: Cinematic Arts - Distinction within the Major

Book Publication

2023 - Topography of Materials, Bottlecap Press, Morongo Valley, CA

Visual Art Exposure

2023 - Present - Whitebird Gallery, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Residencies, Fellowships, and Grants

2023 - Seventh Wave, Poetry Fellowship
2022 - Cannon Beach Association Grant, writing and painting
2020 - Assets4Artists Residency at MASS MoCA, Fiction Writing
2020 - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Travel Thesis Grant Award Summer
2020 - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Travel Grant Award Spring
2019 - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Travel Grant Award Fall
2018 - MacDowell Colony Fellow
2018 - Recipient of the Isabella Gardner Fellowship in Poetry
2010 - CSU Monterey Bay, Capstone Grant Visual Public Art

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023 - “Statements and Illuminations,” paintings, The Studio Collective with Heather July Goguen, Astoria, OR
2019 - “Image and Words Exhibition,” South College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2017 - “Spark” An Artist Call to Action, Portland, OR
2016 - “Words and Images” Hoffman Center, Manzanita, OR
2015 - “Frog” PICA group body Exhibition, Portland, OR “Knife,” Sculpture, “Eyes,” “Black to White,” and “Two,” Photography, 2015 - North Bank Artists, Vancouver, WA
2015 - “Not Yours” Drawing, North Bank Artists, Vancouver, WA
2014 - “Fighting Words” Spoken word, HQ HQ, Portland, OR
2014 - “Undulation,” Experimental Video Festival, Clinton Street Theater, Portland, OR
2012 - “Curiosity,” VideoFest 2012, Clinton Street Theater, Portland, OR
2012 - MFA Thesis Exhibition, Portland, OR “What I Have Lost and What I Have Gained” Video Installation, 2011 - “The View Outside Fort Awesome II” Video, MFA First Year Exhibition, Disjecta, Portland, OR
2010 - “Tire” Video Installation, Allied Works, Portland, OR

Selected Readings

2023 - Opening reader for David Sedaris, Liberty Theatre, Astoria, OR
2022 - Cannon Beach Association reading, Cannon Beach, OR
2022 - Folklife reading, Seattle, WA
2021 - PNCA reading, Portland, OR
2021 - Wisteria Museums Reading, Holyoke, MA

Editing and Board Memberships

2018-present - Founding Editor, Trestle Ties
2018-2021 - Judge/Editor/Reader for Juniper Prize, poetry and fiction, UMASS Amherst
2018 - Poetry Reader, Jubilat
2017 - Reader/Editor, Bitch Media
2014-18 - Poetry Editor/Board Member VoiceCatcher