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- For Denis Johnson from London, who invented the bicycle
forerunner called "hoy horse", see Denis Johnson
Denis Johnson (born 1949 in Munich, West Germany) is an American author who is best known for his
short story collection Jesus' Son (1992) and his novel Tree of Smoke
(2007), which won the National Book Award.
Johnson holds an MFA degree from the Iowa Writers' Workshop University of
Iowa, where he has also returned to teach. He received a
Whiting Writer’s Award in 1986 and a Lannan Fellowship in Fiction in
Johnson first came to prominence after the publication of his
short story collection Jesus' Son (1992),
which was adapted into the 1999 film of the same name, which was named one
of the top ten films of the year by The New York
Times, Los Angeles Times, and Roger Ebert. Johnson
has a cameo role in the film as a man who has been stabbed in the
eye by his wife.
In 2006-2007, Johnson held the Mitte Chair in Creative Writing
at Texas State University in San Marcos,
Johnson is twice divorced and lives with his third wife, Cindy
Lee, in Arizona and Idaho.
Johnson has three children, two of whom he homeschooled; in October, 1997 he wrote
an article for Salon.com in defense of
In 1981, he won the National Poetry Series, for
The Incognito Lounge: And Other Poems.
In 2002, Johnson won the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction
Paris Review for Train Dreams.
In 2007, Johnson published Tree of Smoke,
his first full-length novel in nine years, which won a National
Book Award and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
- The Man Amongst the Seals:
poems. Stone Wall Press. 1969.
- Inner Weather Graywolf Press, 1976
- The Incognito Lounge.
Random House. 1982. ISBN
- The Veil: poems. Knopf.
- The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium
General Assembly: Poems Collected and New
Johnson's plays have been produced in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Seattle. He is the Resident Playwright of Campo
Santo, the resident theater company at Intersection for the Arts in
- Hellhound on my Trail
- Shoppers Carried by Escalators into the Flames
- Soul of a Whore
- AB Survival in the United States
- Des Moines (To be produced by Intersection for the Arts
October 19 and 20, 2007)
- Everything Has Been Arranged (An adaptation of
Johnson's story Small Boys Unit, to be produced as part of Intersection for the Arts New
Works Festival December 6-8, 2007)
- Seek: Reports from the Edges of America & Beyond
"What Authors Influenced
You?", Authorsontheweb.com. Retrieved on 2007-07-10.
"Scott Snyder", litpark,
2006-08-31. Retrieved on 2007-12-28.
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University of Iowa
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an S.F. theater troupe helped turn a reclusive novelist into a
full-fledged playwright" (reprint), SF Weekly, February 2003. Retrieved on
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(2007-11-15), Johnson's 'Tree of Smoke'
Wins National Book Award, Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/14/AR2007111402806.html, retrieved
- ^ Sisario, Ben. "Arts, Briefly: Channeling
Noir, Dickens-Style," The New York Times, 2008-06-11.
Retrieved on 2008-06-11.