Former Madison College student Meg Johnson will be one of the featured poets at the Yahara Journal’s Emerging Young Poets reading on Thursday, April 24, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Truax Gallery. She will be joined at the reading by Pushcart Prize nominee Sarah Levine.
Johnson’s full-length collection of poetry, Inappropriate Sleepover, was published by The National Poetry Review Press in March. Her poems have appeared in Hobart, the Nashville Review, The Puritan, Slipstream Magazine, Word Riot, and others. She is the editor of Dressing Room Poetry Journal and an MFA candidate in creative writing. Growing up, Meg danced with the Iowa State University dance department and after studying dance at Columbia College Chicago and the University of Iowa, left college early to dance with Kanopy Dance Company in Madison. Midway through her six years with the company, she returned to school at Madison Area Technical College where she realized she wanted to focus on writing.
Sarah Levine is the author of Her Man (New Megaphone Press, 2014), a series of prose poems chronicling the life of Herman, a misunderstood teenage boy trying to understand the world around him. She has won the Westchester Review Writers Under 30 Contest (2012) and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Brenda Shaughnessy chose her poem, “Birds are Loosely Folded Napkins Thrown Into the Sky,” to appear in the 2013 anthology of Best New Poets. Her poetry has been published in Green Mountains Review, Handsome, and No Tokens, among others. She received her MFA in writing with a poetry concentration from Sarah Lawrence College. Currently, she is the poetry editor for The Boiler Journal.
The event is free and open to the public.