Born and raised in Compton, California, educated at Howard University and Cornell University, Amaud Jamaul Johnson is the author of three poetry collections, Red Summer, Darktown Follies, and Imperial Liquor (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020). A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford, MacDowell Colony Fellow, and Cave Canem Fellow, his honors include the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Dorset Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. His work has appeared in Best American PoetryAmerican Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Callaloo, Narrative MagazineCrazyhorse, Indiana Review, The Southern Review, Harvard Review and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is the Halls-Bascom Professor of English.



Imperial Liquor

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Darktown Follies

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Red Summer

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American Poetry Review

Kenyon Review

Jazz and Culture

Crab Orchard Review

Arkansas International Review


The Rumpus

Pushcart Prize

Read America(s)

Spiral Orb


The Best American Poetry

The Southern Review

Harvard Review

From the Fishouse

Copper Nickel

Narrative Magazine

Indiana Review

The Rumpus

Kweli Journal

Eleven Eleven: Journal of Literature & Art


Black Nature

Quarterly West

Gathering Ground

The Southern Review

Indiana Review

West Branch



Virginia Quarterly Review

New England Review