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Anna Johnson (she/her) lives and works in East London and, alongside teaching, is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Kingston University.
Johnson's life-writing practice focuses on motherhood experience, in particular a recurring connection between her experience of motherhood and ideas of haunting, of presence and absence and repetition (daily and generational).
She is interested in theories of the spectral, intersectionality, queerness, feminism, disability, failure and anecdote, amongst others, and in how we might aspire to transform and re-possess language in an attempt to express the ineffable. Her work is also reflective of a complex intersectionality that Johnson sees as fundamental to life-writing. As such, it encompasses issues including neurodiversity and chronic illness.
Anna is currently teaching on MA Creative Writing and MA English Literature modules
2022: Failure: the Ghost and the Mother, Alluvium Journal, Special Edition 10.1
2021: Failure: the Ghost and the Mother, talk at BACLS-WHN 2021 Virtual Conference
2021: An Intersection of Motherhood and Chronic Illness, chapter in From Band-Aids to Scalpels: Motherhood Experiences in/of Medicine, Demeter Press
2021: Cascading Transitions: Becoming a Writer and Engaging with Neurodiversity in Response to Motherhood, chapter in Women in Transition: Crossing Boundaries, Crossing Borders, Routledge
2021: Race/Gender Matters Research Group Event: ‘Failure and Care' with Lisa Baraitser, Kingston
2020: I so wanted to ask you… video piece, Writers' Centre Kingston
2019: Illness/Parenting/Writing, performance, Writers' Centre Kingston
2019: The Role of ‘Place' in My Creative Life-Writing Practice, talk, Genos/Matter/Theory Conference, Kingston
2018: Cascading Transitions: Becoming a Writer and Engaging with Neurodiversity in Response to Motherhood, talk, Women in Transition Conference, Kings and Oxford
2018: Objects of a Maternal Haunting, chapter in Everyday World-Making: Towards an Understanding of Affect and Mothering, Demeter Press