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Munich, West Germany
Denis Hale Johnson (born 1949) is an American author who is known for his short-story collection Jesus' Son (1992) and his novel Tree of Smoke (2007), which won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. He also writes plays, poetry, and non-fiction. "Train Dreams", a novella originally published in the Paris Review in 2002, was published as a novel in 2011 and was a finalist for that year's Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Johnson was born in 1949 in Munich, West Germany. He holds an MFA degree from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, where he has also returned to teach. He received a Whiting Writer’s Award in 1986 and a Lannan Fellowship in Fiction in 1993.
Johnson came to prominence after the publication of his short story collection Jesus' Son (1992), which was adapted into the 1999 film of the same name, which was named one of the top ten films of the year by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Roger Ebert. Johnson has a cameo role in the film as a man who has been stabbed in the eye by his wife.
Johnson's plays have been produced in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Seattle. He is the Resident Playwright of Campo Santo, the resident theater company at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco.
Personal life 
Johnson is twice divorced and lives with his third wife, Cindy Lee, in Arizona and Idaho. Johnson has three children, two of whom he homeschooled; in October 1997 he wrote an article for Salon.com in defense of homeschooling.
- 1981 – National Poetry Series award, for The Incognito Lounge
- 1983 – The Frost Place poet in residence
- 1986 – Guggenheim Fellowship
- 2002 – Aga Khan Prize for Fiction from The Paris Review, for Train Dreams
- 2007 – National Book Award for Tree of Smoke (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize)
Poetry collections 
- The Man Among the Seals: Poems (Stone Wall Press, 1969)
- Inner Weather (Graywolf Press, 1976)
- The Incognito Lounge (Random House, 1982)
- The Veil (Knopf, 1987)
- The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly: Poems Collected and New (HarperCollins, 1995)
- Train Dreams (2002, reprinted 2011)
- Angels (1983)
- Fiskadoro (1985)
- The Stars at Noon (1986)
- Resuscitation of a Hanged Man (1991)
- Already Dead: A California Gothic (1998)
- The Name of the World (2000)
- Train Dreams (2002)
- Tree of Smoke (2007)
- Nobody Move (2009)
Short story collection 
- Jesus' Son (1992)
- Hellhound on My Trail: A Drama in Three Parts (2000)
- Shoppers: Two Plays (2002)
- Soul of a Whore and Purvis: Two Plays in Verse (2012)
- The Prom (1990) (Directed by Steven Shainberg)
- Seek: Reports from the Edges of America & Beyond (essays) (2001)
- Silverblatt, Michael. "Interview with Denis Johnson". KCRW. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
- "What Authors Influenced You?", Authorsontheweb.com. Retrieved on 2007-07-10.
- "Scott Snyder", litpark, 2006-08-31. Retrieved on 2007-12-28.
- "National Book Awards – 2007". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
(With interview, acceptance speech by Johnson, and essay by Matthew Pitt from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog.)
- Thompson, Bob (2007-11-15). Johnson's 'Tree of Smoke' Wins National Book Award. Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-11-15.
- Writers' Workshop - The University of Iowa
- Moore, Michael Scott. "Poet of the Fallen World: How an S.F. theater troupe helped turn a reclusive novelist into a full-fledged playwright" (reprint), SF Weekly, February 2003. Retrieved on 2008-06-11.
- School is Out. Salon.com
- "Fiction". Past winners & finalists by category. The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
- Sisario, Ben. "Arts, Briefly: Channeling Noir, Dickens-Style," New York Times, 11 June 2008.