Meg Johnson

  • Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012


Hometown: Ames, Iowa
Major: English, with a concentration in writing.

Meg Johnson, a senior at Edgewood College, has work published and forthcoming in several publications, like Slipstream Magazine, Asinine Poetry, Pacific Coast Journal, and others. In addition to poetry, Meg writes short stories, and has one published in this year's Edgewood Review.

When asked to talk about her writing Johnson says, "It's hard to describe your own writing. I think taking risks is really important."

Meg's main artistic focus has always been dance. She is currently a principal dancer in Kanopy Dance Company, a resident company at the Overture Center in Madison, as well as a dance teacher for the Kanopy School for Contemporary Dance and Choreography.

After returning to college to pursue her degree, and acting on the advice and instruction from professors such as David Young and Adam Fell, she has discovered her knack for writing. Meg has now been writing and submitting poems to journals for about one year.

Where writing had once been just "something to do for fun," Meg has now realized that in addition to dance, there are other opportunities in the arts. Though she is new to writing, Meg would like to keep experimenting with her writing and develop her ability. She is taking an advanced fiction writing class this fall with the hopes of developing her short stories. While Meg doesn't have any career plans focused on writing, she does plan to continue to write on her own time after she graduates from the College in the spring of 2011.

Her foray into writing has certainly expanded her world. "I grew up very focused on the performing arts," she says. "I wouldn't have guessed that my focus on the arts would broaden so much."

- by Stephanie Cheslock