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 Rattle, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Broadsided Press, Rust + Moth, Red Paint Hill Review, Whale Road Review, Midwest Quarterly, I-70 Review, Inscape 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.