Kimberly Johnson

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Kimberly Johnson (born 1971) is an American poet and Renaissance scholar.


Johnson was raised in West Jordan, Utah. She earned her MA in 1995 from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, her MFA in 1997 Iowa Writers' Workshop, and a PhD in 2003 from University of California, Berkeley.[1][2]

She teaches courses in creative writing and Renaissance literature at Brigham Young University (BYU). Johnson's academic interests include lyric poetry, John Milton, and John Donne.[3]

Her work has appeared recently in The New Yorker,[4] Slate,[5][6] The Iowa Review, 32 Poems,[7] and The Yale Review, and her translations from Latin and Greek have been published in literary and academic journals. She has also published a number of scholarly articles on seventeenth-century literature.

She has edited a collection of essays on Renaissance literature, and an online archive of John Donne's complete sermons.[8]

She is married to poet and essayist Jay Hopler.[1]


In 2005, she was awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the completion of her second collection, A Metaphorical God.[9] In 2011, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship.[1]




  • Made Flesh: Sacrament and Poetics in Post-Reformation England, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014, ISBN 978-0-81224-588-2


As Editor[edit]

  • Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry, Yale University Press, 2013, ISBN 978-0-30017-520-2


  1. ^ a b c Ben Fulton (May 12, 2011). "Line by line, Utah poet garners a Guggenheim". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
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  5. ^ "Marking the Lambs" Slate, Nov. 2006
  6. ^ "Catapult", Slate, March 15, 2011
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  8. ^ John Donne's Complete Sermons
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  10. ^ Boyd Tonkin (5 January 2010). "Georgics, By Virgil, translated by Kimberly Johnson". The Independent. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 

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