About Melissa

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Melissa Fite Johnson received her Master’s in English literature from Pittsburg State University in Kansas.  She was the featured poet in the Fall 2015 issue of The Journal: Inspiration for the Common Good, and she was nominated for Best of the Net in 2016.  Individual poems have appeared in RattleValparaiso Poetry Review, Broadsided Press, Rust + Moth, Red Paint Hill ReviewWhale Road ReviewMidwest QuarterlyI-70 ReviewInscape Magazine, The Invisible Bear, Bear Review, Red Paint Hill Journal, The New Verse News, velvet-tail, and elsewhere.  Her first book of poetry, While the Kettle’s On (Little Balkans Review, 2015), won the Nelson Poetry Book Award and is a Kansas Notable Book. Her second book, Ghost Sign (Spartan Press, 2016), a collaboration with fellow Kansas poets Al Ortolani, J.T. Knoll, and Adam Jameson, is also a Kansas Notable Book. Melissa and her husband live in Kansas, where she teaches English.

If you would ever like to hear Melissa (and other local poets) at a reading, check out Pittsburg’s growing poetry scene at events like Art Walk and Little Balkans Days.

Please feel free to connect with Melissa at melissafitejohnson@gmail.com.


5 thoughts on “About Melissa

  1. Hi Melissa,
    I will be hosting an open mic this Friday, July 8, at Root Coffeehouse for anyone who wants to sing, play, or read poetry. It will be 6-9 PM and there will be a sign-up board for 3 songs or 15 min, whatever comes first. Pass the word.
    George Weeks


  2. Ms Johnson — Your reading at the Johnson County Library, May 16, was incredible. Thank you for sharing your work, and in the process sharing your life(story). I had wanted to stop by and thank you personally, and introduce myself to you and your husband (we have much in common, save the chickens, not that!) but the moment didn’t present itself. Again, thanks.


    • Thank you so much! This makes my whole day. I love doing readings, but it’s pretty nerve-racking, and sometimes I wonder if I’m connecting with anyone. Messages like this one mean so much. Yes, I wish we would’ve talked! Maybe another time. Thank you again.


  3. I’m doing a project on living poets and I choose you! I was wondering if I could get some information about you and what made you decide to do poetry and also what made u become a English teacher as I’m planning on taking the same route and will be attending pittstate next semester


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