Jenny Johnson’s debut collection of poems, In Full Velvet, is forthcoming from Sarabande Books in 2017. Her work appears in Best American Poetry 2012, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, New England Review, Troubling the Line: Trans & Genderqueer Poetry & Poetics,  and elsewhere. She was a 2015 recipient of a Whiting Award. She won Beloit Poetry Journal’s Chad Walsh Poetry Prize for her poem “Aria”.  She has also received awards and scholarships from the Blue Mountain Center, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. After earning a Master of Teaching degree from the University of Virginia, she taught public school for several years in the Bay Area, and she spent ten summers on the staff of the University of Virginia Young Writer’s Workshop. She earned her MFA from Warren Wilson College. Currently, she is a Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh where she teaches writing.