Leah Johnson

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Leah Johnson is a 2021 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow whose work has been published in BuzzFeed, Cosmo, Catapult, and Teen Vogue among others. Her debut YA novel, YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN was the inaugural Reese's Book Club YA pick and named a best book of the year by Marie Claire, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly. Her sophomore novel, RISE TO THE SUN, is due out in 2021.


Cover Photo: An illustration of the author painting on different social media platforms as if they were canvases
TLDR; I Tweeted Myself Into a Career and Now I’m Stuck Online

As part of our Social Media Week series, Leah Johnson writes about using social media to connect with her readers and how she engages online as a recreation rather than an obligation.

Apr 27, 2022
Cover Photo: And image of an optimistic and racially diverse team of young hockey players with their boyishly handsome coach
‘The Mighty Ducks’ Movies Taught Me How to Survive a Pandemic

I’ve found an unavoidable kinship with the Ducks. It could be, at least in my estimation, a quintessentially black American story.

May 19, 2020
Cover Photo: "So if I am a tender writer... then my poems should be everything that I am." by Leah Johnson
"So if I am a tender writer... then my poems should be everything that I am."

Leah Johnson interviews poet and classes instructor Angel Nafis on community, process, and writing in and outside of an MFA. (Even though advice is whack.)

Oct 23, 2018