Online Publications and Other Links

2017 Kansas Notable Books

2016 Kansas Notable Books

Links to published poems from While the Kettle’s On:

Kansas Poets website, run by Greg German

Kansas Time + Place—Melissa has published four poems on and (as guest judge in August 2015) selected five poems for this blog, run by Kansas Poet Laureate Emeritus Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Poetry Breakfast, “Watching the Street Performers”

PeriodThree Poems

PeriodThree More Poems

Links to newer poems:

Rattle, “The Woman and the Wolf”  (Winner of the April 2017 Ekphrastic Challenge: Artist’s Choice.)

3Elements Review“Watching Casablanca at Oma and Opa’s House” (Nominated for 2016 Best of the Net!)

Broadsided Press,  “Backyard” (Winner of the 2017 Switcheroo.)

Valparaiso Poetry Review, “Being Human”

Rust + Moth, “A Postcard to My Husband While I Vacation in California”

Whale Road Review, “Donating My Eggs”

Red Paint Hill“You Can’t Fake an Egg”

The Journal: Inspiration for the Common Good, “Apologia for Not Wanting Children”

The Woman Inc, “Triple Self-Portrait”

One Sentence Poems, “Saturday Night Conversation”

One Sentence Poems, “As a Child, Dylan Klebold Loved Origami”

velvet-tail,  “Watching My Husband Cook”

South Florida Poetry Journal,  “Sometimes People Are Good”

Rat’s Ass Review, Three Poems

Bear Review, “Linger”: “Linger” (audio),  “Linger” (whole issue)

Broadsided Press“In spring voices cried”

New Verse News“On Ray Rice”

New Verse News“This Is the Detail that Breaks Me”

New Verse News“3 Excuses for Not Marching and Then a Poem”

New Verse News, “The Water Park in August”

New Verse News, “Mike Pence, I Am Not Trying to Seduce You”

Home Words: A Project of the Poet Laureate of Kansas, “After the Strokes”

Red Eft Review, Two Poems

Eunoia ReviewSeven Poems

The Invisible Bear“Portrait of the Author” (whole issue)

Three Line PoetryOne Poem (whole issue)

Interview for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Page:

Miranda Ericsson, Review and Interview

Newspaper articles about While the Kettle’s On:

Andra Bryan Stefanoni, The Joplin Globe“A Tale of Two Writers”

Michael Stavola, The Morning Sun“Pittsburg Author Recognized”

Jesse Brown, The Morning Sun“PHS Teacher Wins Poetry Award”

Megan Munger, The Booster Redux“While the Kettle’s On: Johnson Publishes First Poetry Book” (page 6)

Newspaper articles about Ghost Sign:

Andra Bryan Stefanoni, The Joplin Globe, “Ghost Signs Abound in Pittsburg”

J.T. Knoll, The Morning Sun, “Ghost Sign: Words on the Walls of Time”

A wonderful way to support independent writers is to write a review:

While the Kettle’s OnGoodreads and Amazon

Ghost SignGoodreads and Amazon