Leslie Johnson

About Leslie Johnson

I believe in the power of the arts to actively engage students in the writing and learning process! I am an experienced educator, published writer, and Teaching Artist who is committed to bringing the joy of creativity to students while supporting classroom teachers and their curriculum goals. I design my arts-infused poetry lessons with the multiple intelligences to engage students with diverse learning styles. My lively, interactive workshops for grades K-8 blend poetry and classroom performance to bring the writing process to life in your classroom! Even reluctant writers have fun and gain confidence during my hands-on writing workshops. Brief Biography: I received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, where I also conducted research in English Education. My fiction has been broadcast on National Public Radio, published in a wide range of literary journals, and awarded the 2017 Pushcart Prize. I have received awards from the University of Arizona and University of Hartford for excellence in teaching and creative scholarship. As a Teaching Artist for Hartford Performs and the CT Office of the Arts, I lead interactive workshops for students of all ages. I also conduct professional development seminars for schools, museums, and organizations around the state. I have been designated an Arts Leader by Hartford Performs. “Leslie Johnson is a talented and experienced Teaching Artist who excites and motivates students to participate in creative writing lessons. She would be an asset to have at any school.” (Heather Bendezu, Third Grade Teacher, Kinsella School, Hartford)


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