Valerie Jean Johnson


Valerie Jean Johnson is the former Managing Editor of Poetry Magazine. A Chicago-based writer and director, her most recent stage work was 2011’s “All Your Paths in a Single Pocket,” a collaborative performance inspired by and sourced from Anna Kamienska’s “Notebooks” as translated by Clare Cavanagh . She is the recipient of the 2002 KC/ACTF National 10-minute Play Award and the Dad’s Garage Theatre’s 8½ x 11 Playwrighting Residency. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, she was a contributing performance writer with New City from 2006-2011, served as a production intern at Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysteric Theatre in New York City, and has trained with Goat Island, SITI Company, Chicago Dramatists, and Perishable Theatre.