Fenton Johnson

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Fenton Johnson
Born: October 25, 1953 (1953-10-25) (age 53)
Kentucky, United States
Occupation: author
Nationality: Flag of United States American

Fenton Johnson (born October 25, 1953) is an award-winning author of Crossing the River, Scissors, Paper, Rock, Geography of the Heart: A Memoir, and Keeping Faith: A Skeptic's Journey. He was born in Kentucky and was the ninth out of nine children. He dreamed of becoming the U.S. President when he was younger, but decided to become a writer after he enrolled in Stanford University. He is currently an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona and is working on a new novel.


He has received awards from the Wallace Stegner and James Michener Fellowships in Fiction and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in both fiction and creative nonfiction. He has also received a Kentucky Literary Award, two Lambda Literary Awards for best creative nonfiction, as well as the American Library Association Award for best gay/lesbian nonfiction.

  • Fenton Johnson's own online autobiography
  • Salon: Litchat with Fenton Johnson An interview with Johnson

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