About Jen

"A word after a word after a word is power." ~ Margaret Atwood

Jen Cullerton Johnson has published fiction and creative nonfiction in literary journals and magazines. She has led writing workshops for high school students, elementary children, and continuing education students where she provides a positive and productive workshop environment where respect and craft coincide. She holds a MFA in Non-Fiction from the University of New Orleans, a MEd in Curriculum and Development from Loyola University of Chicago, and is Illinois certified.

Jen Cullerton Johnson’s non-fiction children’s book Seeds of Change demonstrates the connection between people and nature. A frank and inspiring invitation into the life and work of Wangari Maathai, Noble Peace Prize Winner and founder of the Greenbelt Movement. For each book bought Jen gives a percentage to help the environment. For each school visit, or workshop, participants plant one tree in solidarity of saving the earth.

She has spoken about Green Literacy and the role of environmental books for children and adults for the EPA, Chicago Green Festival, Saturday Writers, Green Schools Conference, Illinois Reading Council, National Catholic Library Association, and more.
In addition to workshops and writer visits, Jen has won numerous awards and grants for her work, including an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award.Through her work in the schools, Jen helps to plan and create Literacy Festivals, apply for grants, and facilitate teacher in-services.

Jen is a founding member of MuseWrite a literary arts organization based in Chicago, and a board member of Switchback Books, a feminist poetry press. She lives and teaches in Chicago, Illinois.

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