Kimberly Johnson Associate Professor
Office: 4144 JFSB
Commonly Taught Courses :
Creative writing workshops and theory (Engl 218, 319, 419, 519, 617)
Renaissance literature (English 372, 382, 383, 385, 495, 620, 655)
Classics and the English literary tradition (Honors 303)
Semester Schedule: Spring/Summer 2013: Not Teaching
By appointment only
Kimberly Johnson teaches courses in creative writing and in Renaissance literature. In both fields, her primary interest lies in lyric poetry. In critical work on the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century lyric, she has explored issues of form, aesthetics, religion, and gender, and the intersection of these concerns in the literature's cultural context. Her own poetry negotiates many of these same ideas as it confronts the limits of representation. She tries to impress upon her students the urgency of being accurate and specific, both as writers and as critics.
Johnson has received awards and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Utah Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her current projects include a translation of Hesiod's Works and Days, and a third collection of poetry, Uncommon Prayer.
Made Flesh: Sacrament and Poetics in Post-Reformation England (forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press)
Virgil's Georgics: A Poem of the Land (Penguin Classics, UK 2009 and US 2011)
Uncommon Prayer (Persea Books, 2014)
A Metaphorical God (Persea Books, 2008)
Leviathan with a Hook (Persea Books, 2002)
Co-editor, with Jay Hopler, Before the Door of God: An Anthology of the Devotional Lyric (Yale University Press, 2013)
Co-editor (with Michael C. Schoenfeldt and Richard Strier), Divisions on a Ground: Essays in Renaissance Literature in Honor of Donald M. Friedman (2008)
Editor, John Donne's Complete Sermons: The Electronic Archive (lib.byu.edu/dlib/donne)
Poetry, translations, and critical essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Slate, Yale Review, and Modern Philology.
Degrees: MA, Johns Hopkins U, 1995; MFA, U. of Iowa, 1997; PhD, U of California Berkeley, 2003
Poetry, Renaissance literature, poetic theory, classics, religious history
John Donne's Sermons