Grits N' Blue Fire

Grits N' Blue Fire : Poetry

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In Grits N' Blue Fire, Johnson explores music, sex, body image, and race over a series of love and attraction interests. Johnson's harmonic fusion of Appalachian and New York life and melodic exploration of multiracial relationships provides additional "push and pull" in this book. For more information, or to schedule a reading, visit
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Product details

  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 1.52mm | 86.18g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 150781769X
  • 9781507817698

About Hope D Johnson

Hope Johnson is a native of Lexington, KY. Hope received an MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University and a B.A. in English Literature & Language at the University of Kentucky. Hope is a 2014 Pushcart Prize Nominee in Poetry. Among many, her work has been published in PLUCK! Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture, So To Speak Feminist Journal, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel Journal of Southern Appalachian Literature, Red Earth Review, Bayou Magazine, Kweli Journal, The Gingerbread House Journal, and Blackberry: A Magazine. Hope's work has also been featured in Small Batch Anthology of Poems on Bourbon and her self-published chapbook, Beneath Saran, was reviewed in Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel's Upcoming Appalachian Artists issue. Hope was a guest upcoming artist on Kentucky Educational Television Network's Connections with Renee Shaw for National Poetry Month in 2012, and has been a featured artist on National Public Radio, With Good Reason Virginia Radio, and University of Kentucky Radio. Hope also completed a Callaloo Journal Fellowship in 2012, Teaching Artist Internship with Cross Cultural Collaborative Inc. NGO School for the Arts in Nungua, Ghana in 2013, a Copy Editor / Music Contributor Internship with Pluck! Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture (2011-2013), and developed the first Creative Writing summer classes for children while an instructor at The Living Arts & Science Center in Lexington KY. Hope now resides in New York, where she teaches writing and is Owner and Creative Director of Sling Magazine.
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