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20 Jan 2016

Meg Johnson never imagined she would grow up to write down poetry, but is glad she did.

Johnson, lecturer in English, was recently awarded the 2015 Vignette Collection Award by Vine Leaves Press. The distinction includes a contract to create her second poetry book, “The Crimes of Clara Turlington” as well as a $500 cash prize and a number of author’s copies.

Born and raised in Ames, Johnson moved around and worked professionally from the fine arts of dancing, before time for lecture in the English Department at Iowa State. An experience she described as "good and strange."

Johnson began writing creatively in...