Friday, April 11, 2014


I finally got my hair cut today. The last time I got my hair cut was April 16th, 2013. It was really long.

Earlier today...

It feels much better now!

I'm really tired this week, but I am so excited about the events on the 19th, 24th, and 26th! 

I will post info about other readings soon.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Poets & Writers Page

I now have a page in the Poets & Writers directory which you can see here.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Inappropriate Sleepover in the Flesh

I received copies of my book, Inappropriate Sleepover, today!

Thank you to The National Poetry Review Press! Thank you to C.J. Sage!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Inappropriate Sleepover on Amazon

You can now order Inappropriate Sleepover on!

The cover image isn't up yet, but it should be soon.

I also have an author page. The url is

Yes, I will post the Akron release party info soon!

Flash Fiction Forthcoming in Cease, Cows

I just found out I had three pieces accepted by Cease, Cows. I'll keep you posted about when they come out!

University of Akron is having spring break this week. Weird. It doesn't feel like spring (I'm wearing a sweater and my windows are rattling from the wind) and I haven't had much of a break from doing work this week (so much to do...). I better get some quality time at a pool early this summer or a grown-woman-tantrum will happen.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Two Poems Forthcoming in Nashville Review

I had two poems accepted by Nashville Review today! I'll let you know when the issue comes out!

I plan to celebrate this good news by sleeping. I'm so tired. This has been a busy week. Friday was great!

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Inappropriate Sleepover is now on goodreads. You can check out the book here and my Goodreads Author page here. I'll let you know when the book is up on amazon.

The Akron book release party is going to be on Saturday, April 19th. I'll post all the details soon!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Inappropriate Sleepover ...You're Invited

Inappropriate Sleepover
Coming soon from The National Poetry Review Press
Meg Johnson’s collection, Inappropriate Sleepover, had me at page one.  Her quirky and darkly humorous poems are as refreshing as they are clever, as disarmingly entertaining as they are provocative.  Meg Johnson is a stunning addition to the American poetry scene. —Nin Andrews

Half siren song, half battle cry, Meg Johnson’s Inappropriate Sleepover is a debut collection that coaxes us out of our tightly-zipped sleeping bags and keeps us up until dawn with poems that resonate, beguile, and delight. Equally whimsical and poignant, Johnson’s voice introduces us to a new sort of poetry heroine: one who is undaunted by external forces that oppose her, and driven to excavate the most subtle nuances of human connection. These are poems to keep for yourself, and to share with your very best friends. —Mary Biddinger

In these poems, Meg Johnson dances on the narrow boundary dividing self-confidence from self-delusion. Always unsettled, her restlessness born from her awareness that the self is too big to fit, even when broken into parts, into the many and ever-proliferating boxes in which a self is expected to find its many homes, her speakers both celebrate and lament the quotidian by which they are enraptured: “If I was a tree I’d / want to be a pine because of the needles. People / would always be finding a piece of me.” And the celebrating, and the lamenting, are themselves both enrapturing. —Shane McCrae

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Whoa... Thank you!

My new full length manuscript, Butter Sad, has made it to the third round and is officially a finalist in the Quercus Review Press book contest. I'm so flattered this manuscript is in the top 20.

They'll be announcing the winner in two weeks. Quercus Review Press published one of my favorite books (Terry Godbey's Beauty Lessons) and I'm sure the book that gets chosen this year will become a new favorite of mine.

Stay tuned for updates about the release of Inappropriate Sleepover!

Update (3/3/2014): 
Butter Sad was one of six honorable mentions in the Quercus Review book contest. One winner (Laurie Zimmerman) and six honorable mentions were chosen from the 20 finalists. Thanks Quercus! I'm very flattered!

Sunday, February 16, 2014


I have a few updates, but before I can organize my thoughts I just have to say it... Cabin fever.
February 16th. Still winter.

On Thursday, April 24th I have a reading at Madison College (in Madison, Wisconsin) and I'm visiting Matt Guenette's poetry class. On Saturday, April 26th I'm presenting/teaching at the Columbus State Writers Conference in Columbus, Ohio. I'm really looking forward to all of this! I'll post more details later.

I've uploaded some more videos to my YouTube channel. The newest videos are of me reading some poems by other poets that I really like. I'll try to keep adding more videos. 

Stay warm!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Some Good News

I found out today that my second full length manuscript Butter Sad (my new/thesis manuscript) made it to the next round in the Quercus Review Press book contest. I'm so excited that this very new manuscript got some recognition. 

To celebrate I watched one of my favorite movies for, like, the millionth time. 

My book, Inappropriate Sleepover, being published by The National Poetry Review Press, is scheduled to be out this spring. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Poetry Videos

I just uploaded two poetry videos which you can watch here.

One of the videos has two poems that are in my book coming out this spring. The other video has two poems I wrote in 2013 that are in the manuscript I'm working on now.

P.S. I have readings coming up in several different states this spring and summer. More info soon.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Lit Mag Party

I got back to Akron, Ohio (oh, Akron) late in the day on Saturday. I had a wonderful holiday break in central Iowa. It went way too fast.

When I got back to Akron, I had copies of literary magazines that had recently published poems of mine waiting for me.

I have two poems in the latest issue of Sugar House Review. You can order copies here. You can also get a sneak peak of the issue for free online including one of my poems from the issue.

I have two poems in Red Moon District, an anthology from Underground Voices. You can order it on amazon. One of my poems is called "The Odd Couple Remake."

I have a poem in the newest issue of The Alarmist out of the UK. It's really colorful. You can order copies here.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Poem Forthcoming in Barely South Review

Just found out I had a new poem accepted by Barely South Review. It will be in the Spring 2014 issue.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Issue Seven Release (Dressing Room Poetry Journal)

Issue Seven of Dressing Room Poetry Journal is out now. The issue features poetry by Paul David Atkins, Emily Grace Bernard, Kristy Bowen, April Michelle Bratten, Janet Butler, John Estes, Ruth Foley, Ricky Garni, William Greenway, Gail Hosking, Peycho Kanev, Dan Sicoli, Aden Thomas, Elizabeth Weaver, and Laura Grace Weldon as well as an interview with Kate Greenstreet by Sarah Dravec.

Thursday, December 26, 2013


My book forthcoming from the National Poetry Review Press is coming out in 2014.

My MFA thesis is a whole new full length manuscript. I graduate in May.

Issue Seven of Dressing Room Poetry Journal will be out very soon.

I'll post more soon about some upcoming readings.

Enjoying the holidays...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Two Poems Forthcoming in Sugar House Review

I found out this evening that I had two new poems accepted by Sugar House Review. I'm really excited about this! Yeah!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Interview in The Town Crier

I have a new interview out in The Town Crier which is the blog of The Puritan Magazine. The Puritan published a poem of mine in their recent issue. Thanks again to the editors!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New Poem in Squalorly

I have a poem in the new issue of Squalorly. You can check it out here.

The editors asked the writers for recordings of their pieces. I don't know if or when they plan to release the recordings. I uploaded mine online so you can listen to the MP3 now here.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Four New Poems in Alba

I have four poems in the newest issue of Alba: A Journal of Short Poetry.

The issue came out in August. Oops. Meant to post this as soon as the issue came out!

Upcoming Reading (Akron)

I have a poetry reading in Akron next week. I'm reading with Mary Biddinger and Kate Greenstreet.

Here's the when and where:
Wednesday, October 16th
7:30 pm
Quaker Square
Ballroom C

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Poem Forthcoming in Squalorly

I found out this morning I had a poem accepted by Squalorly. I'll let you know when it comes out!

I have a reading in Akron in a couple of weeks. I'll post more info about it soon!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Issue Six Release (Dressing Room Poetry Journal)

Issue Six of Dressing Room Poetry Journal is out now. The issue features poetry by Amanda Chiado, David Chorlton, Susan Grimm, j/j hastain, Jenn Monroe, Eric Morris, Amanda Oaks, Teresa Petro, Thomas Piekarski, Kushal Poddar, and April Salzano as well as an interview with Elizabeth Ellen by Jacob Euteneuer.

Monday, September 16, 2013

New Poetry in The Puritan

I have a new three section poem in the new issue of The Puritan which just came out today. You can check it out here. There is also an audio recording of me reading the poem. You can also listen to the audio here.

I was interviewed for The Puritan's blog, The Town Crier, about the process of writing the piece. I'll let you know when that comes out.

Sunday, September 15, 2013


I've been feeling a little better the last couple of days. I hope this continues. Yesterday, for about an hour, I felt almost peppy.

Issue Six of Dressing Room Poetry Journal will be out soon. Speaking of Dressing Room Poetry Journal, I have some exciting contributor news. Terry Godbey, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, and Valerie Wetlaufer all have books coming out in the next year that include poems that originally appeared in the journal. So you can get a taste of their forthcoming books by reading their poems in Dressing Room Poetry Journal and then you can pre-order their books/find out more info here and here and here.

Update (9/20/2013):
Dressing Room Poetry Journal contributor Sarah Cortez is editing Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Remembrance, an anthology forthcoming from Texas Review Press. You can see the info for submissions including the deadline here.

Update (10/4/2013):
Exciting news from another Dressing Room Poetry Journal contributor! Sara Biggs Chaney has published a new chapbook of poems. You can find out more info and order a copy here. All royalties for this collection will be donated to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

Saturday, August 31, 2013


My brother is engaged! Congratulations Alec and Miranda! The proposal happened yesterday. I wish I could be there to celebrate with them. They are currently living in Austin, Texas where they have been the last couple of years. They will be moving to the Des Moines area in Iowa in two or three weeks.

I found out that the third issue of The Alarmist which includes a poem of mine will be on sale in the UK and Europe starting in mid-September. It will be available internationally starting in October.

The day the issue launches there will be a release party in London.

It looks like it will be a great event! I would love to attend, but I will be in northeast Ohio. Sigh.

Anyway, Happy Labor Day Weekend!

P.S. Just found out The Alarmist is now available in over 200 stores internationally and you can also order it online. 

P.P.S. I don't have a facebook account or a twitter account. I have this blog and my website. Just sayin'. Some people have asked. And you know... Beware of the catfishing epidemic.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

San Pedro River Review

I have a poem in the new issue of San Pedro River Review. Thanks to the editors!

I start my full fall 2013 schedule on August 26th. Here we go...

Sunday, August 18, 2013


I'm feeling a bit better! I'm still experiencing some physical pain and I definitely still need to rest more than usual, but I'm glad I'm improving.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Poem Forthcoming in Ping-Pong

Just found out I had a poem accepted by Ping-Pong: The Literary Journal of the Henry Miller Library.


You can read more about the journal here and here.


I'm grateful that the results of my MRI were good/normal.

Still resting and recovering.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Poetry Forthcoming in The Puritan

I have poetry forthcoming in The Puritan. I'm very excited about this.

In other news, I have to have an MRI this week. Hello fear.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Issue Five Release (Dressing Room Poetry Journal)

Issue Five of Dressing Room Poetry Journal is out now. You can check it out here. The issue features poems and essays by Kristina Marie Darling and Carol Guess as well as poetry by Michael Collins, Donavon Davidson, Sarah Dravec, Terry Godbey, Howie Good, Robert S. King, and David Rutter.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Poem Forthcoming in San Pedro River Review

I found out this morning I had a poem accepted by San Pedro River Review. I'm excited! The poem will be in the Fall 2013 issue.

I had fun reading in Iowa City this past weekend.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Four Poems Forthcoming in Alba

I found out today I had four poems accepted by Alba: A Journal of Short Poetry. I'll let you know when the poems come out!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Dressing Room Poetry Journal: Issue Four Release

Issue Four of Dressing Room Poetry Journal is out now. You can check it out here.

The issue features poetry by Elizabeth Ashe, Leah Browning, Jackson Burgess, Sara Biggs Chaney, Sarah Cortez, Katie DiGangi, John Farmer, Emily Lake Hansen, Scott Hartwich, Wess Mongo Jolley, Robert S. King, Rebecca Ligon, Ellene Glenn Moore, Eric G. Müller, Mirissa Rini, Claudia Serea, Alexandria Simmons, and Sara Williams.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Poem in Atticus Review

I have a poem in this week's issue of Atticus Review. You can check it out here.

Joseph Gross wrote about each of the pieces in this week's issue which you can read here.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

New Poem Out (The Orange Room Review)

I have a poem in the new issue of The Orange Room Review! You can check it out here.

Also, I recently discovered some of the best chocolate ever.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Upcoming Reading (Iowa City)

I'll be doing a reading with two other Midwestern Gothic contributors on July 19th at 7 p.m. The reading will be at the bookstore Defunct Books (1650 Sycamore Street) in Iowa City, Iowa.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

May 25, 2013

Today may or may not be my birthday. I'll never tell. I will say that today requires multiple outfits.

Earlier this week I started reading this awesome book:


The fourth issue of Dressing Room Poetry Journal will be coming out in mid-June. I have a poem coming out soon in Issue 39 of The Orange Room Review.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Monday, May 20, 2013