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Heather Taylor Johnson

Photograph of author Heather Taylor Johnson

Heather Taylor Johnson is the current Writer in Residence at the the JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice. 

Her second novel, Jean Harley was Here (UQP 2017) was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Fiction and discussed on the ABC’s First Tuesday Book Club. She is the author of four books of poetry and the editor of Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain (UWAP 2017), an anthology she conceived.

She has won the Griffith Review Novella Prize, been shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize, and been published in the Best Australian Poems 2017, as well as had lyric essays on chronic illness published in journals such as Southerly, Westerly, Island, Overland and Griffith Review.

An essay on poetry and illness narrative is soon to be published in Sydney Review of Books. She has presented papers on illness narrative and form at conferences in Oxford, Reykjavik and Adelaide and been a guest of the Byron Bay and Melbourne Writers’ Festivals and the Queensland Poetry Festival. 


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