Heather Taylor Johnson is a multi-form writer living and working on Kaurna land near Port Adelaide. Her most recent poetry books are the verse novel Rhymes with Hyenas and the collection Alternative Hollywood Ending.
An anthology she edited, Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain, was the winner of the Mascara Avant Garde Award and is read in disability circles around the world.
Her second novel, Jean Harley was Here, was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Fiction and optioned for a 7-part TV series, and she’s this year’s winner of Island’sNonfiction Prize for an essay on art and illness and where the two come together.
Recent shortlistings include the Red Room Poetry Fellowship and ABR’s Calibre Prize.
She’s an arts critic and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide, which is the university where she received her PhD in Creative Writing in 2008.