Tim Johnston is the author of the novel Descent, the story collection Irish Girl, and the Young Adult novel Never So Green. Published in 2009, the stories of Irish Girl won an O. Henry Prize, the New Letters Award for Writers, and the Gival Press Short Story Award, while the collection itself won the 2009 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. In 2005 the title story, “Irish Girl,” was included in the David Sedaris anthology of favorites, Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules. Tim’s stories have also appeared in New England Review, New Letters, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, Double Take, Best Life Magazine, and Narrative Magazine, among others. He holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2011-12 he was the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington Fellow at The George Washington University, and he is the recipient of a 2015 Iowa Author Award. Tim currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Memphis, where he is also Editor & Chief of The Pinch.
Connect with Tim on Facebook and stay up to date on his latest news and publications by clicking here. If you’re interested in reading some of his work online, you can find his essay about booktouring at Salon, his essay (plus excerpt) about writing Descent in The Algonquin Reader, another excerpt from Descent at Narrative Magazine, a prize-winning short story at Gival Press, and you can listen to his interview about following David Sedaris around the country on NPR’s The Story. For publicity inquiries, please contact Brooke Csuka.