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Genre: C:CHILDREN C:YOUNG ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1972 in Chicago, Illinois



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Johnson was born in Chicago and raised on the South side and comes from a family who has been involved in Chicago politics for decades. She holds a MEd in Curriculum and Development from Loyola University of Chicago and is a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools system and a writing professor at Wright College. Her short stories are set in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jen Cullerton Johnson is a writer, an educator, and an environmentalist with master’s degrees in nonfiction writing and curriculum development. She teaches at both the elementary and college levels in Chicago, where she also conducts writing workshops.

Johnson is one of two founders of the Green Literacy Foundation, a foundation that bridges literacy skills and ecology for life long learning in earth stewardship. She has an MFA, MEd is the author of several books for adults and children including the award winning children's book, Seeds of Change.

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