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”:

Period, three poems:

Period, three 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 in Kansas While I Vacation in California”:

Whale Road Review, “Donating My Eggs”:

Red Paint Hill, “You Can’t Fake an Egg”:!issue-9-melissa-fite-johnson/sym6s

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”: (audio); (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, “Waiting for the Ball to Drop in Times Square” and “High School Pep Band”:

Eunoia Review, seven poems:

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

Three Line Poetry, untitled 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”:—words-on-walls-of-time

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