T Geronimo Johnson

Instructor, MFA in Creative Writing

M.A. in Language, Literacy, and Culture

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T. Geronimo Johnson’s debut novel "Hold it ‘Til it Hurts" was a 2013 PEN/Faulkner finalist. "Welcome to Braggsville," a dark, socially provocative comedic novel about four liberal college kids who attempt to stage a lynching during a Civil War reenactment, is scheduled for release in the US and UK in early 2015 by William Morrow. His short fiction and poetry have appeared in Best New American Voices, the LA Review, and Illuminations, among others. He has taught writing and held fellowships—including a Stegner Fellowship and an Iowa Arts Fellowship—at ASU, Iowa, Berkeley, Stanford and WMU. Geronimo’s academic interests include new media, creative writing pedagogy, and the film essay.
As a writer, it is his duty to tell a compelling story of human interest, one that diverges from the strained optimism animating the artificial inosculation of literacy (read: knowledge of self) and liberty (read: transcendence). Of course that often means avoiding half the words in the previous sentence: writers must be both in the world and of it. He received his M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and his M.A. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from U.C. Berkeley. He is a Niroga-certified yoga instructor and trained rally driver. His website is geronimo1.com.