Peter Johnson Young Adult Middle-Grade Author Blog: Books for boys; Books for fathers and sons; Boy books for parents; YA and Middlegrade School Workshops

Ph.D., University of New Hampshire (1983)

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Selected Publications:
•  A Cast-iron Airplane That Can Actually Fly: Commentaries from 75 American Poets on their Prose Poetry, edited by Peter Johnson.    Forthcoming in September, 2019 from Plume/Madhat Editions.
  Old Man Howling at the Moon: A Book of Complaints, prose poems, forthcoming in September, 2018
from Plume/Madhat Editions.
 The Night Before Krampus: A Christmas Carol, forthcoming late fall 2017
•  “The Gunslinger,” a story in Taking Aim: Teens and Guns, edited by Michael Cart (HarperCollins, 2015).
•  The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez, a middle-grade novel (HarperCollins, June, 2014)
•  Out of Eden, young adult novel (Namelos Press, February, 2014)
 The Amazing Adentures of John Smith, Jr., AKA Houdini, a novel (HarperCollins, 2012)
Rants and Raves: Selected and New Prose Poems, 2010
•  Loserville, novel, 2009
 What Happened, novel, 2007
 Eduardo & I , a book of prose poems, 2006
 Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, guest editor, 2005
 I’m a Man, a collection of short stories, 2003
 Miracles & Mortifications, a book of prose poems, 2001
 The Best of The Prose Poem: An International Journal, editor, 2000
 Pretty Happy!, a book of prose poems, 1997


 Houdini chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the “Best Children’s Books of 2012.”
 Houdini chosen by RI Center for the Book to represent RI at the National Book Fair in Washington, DC.
•  Creative Writing Fellowship from Rhode Island Council on the Arts (2010)
•  The Paterson Prize for What Happened (2008)
•  Book of the Year for RI Secondary Schools for What Happened (2008)
•  Creative Writing Fellowship from Rhode Island Council on the Arts (2002)
•  James Laughlin Award from The Academy of American Poets (2001)
•  Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1999)


Naturally, this blog is set up to encourage feedback and discussion.  I’ve grown accustomed to discussing literature in a classroom setting over my years in academia, and I look forward to corresponding with young adult and middle-grade fans, readers and writers over this web site.  However, if you’d prefer to contact me privately, simply use the link below.

Thanks again, and I look forward to hearing from you,

— Peter Johnson

EMAIL: pj@peterjohnsonauthor.com


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