Chelsey Johnson received an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Teaching Writing Fellow, and a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford. Her debut novel Stray City came out with Custom House/ HarperCollins in 2018, and her stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, One Story, Ninth Letter, The Rumpus, and NPR's Selected Shorts, among others. She has received fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Signal Fire Arts. She is an assistant professor of English at the College of William & Mary, and is currently in Los Angeles working on a television project for Hulu.
ALSO: Grew up in the woods near a very small town in northern Minnesota. Speaker and sometimes translator of Norwegian. Longtime hardcore volunteer at the original Rock'n'Roll Camp for Girls. Recovering karaoke junkie. Hiker, runner, cross-country skier. Can't get enough woods, lakes, rivers, mountains, or dogs. Nonfiction about a 1970s gay utopian movement and a second novel are in the works.