A. Frances Johnson
A. Frances Johnson is a writer and painter from the Bellarine in Victoria. She teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne where she completed a PhD thesis on portrayals of Indigenous voices in post-colonial Australian historical novels. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in various literary magazines, and her paintings shown in Indonesia and Australia. She has been the recipient of Asialink and Arthur Boyd Bundanon residencies in painting, and an Australia Council Literature Board grant for Don’t Run: A Brief History of Nylon. Her novel Eugene’s Falls (Arcadia 2007) retraced the ‘wilderness’ journeys of colonial painter Eugene von Guerard. A poetry chapbook The Pallbearer’s Garden was published by Whitmore Press in 2008, and her first collection, The Wind-up Birdman of Moorabool St (Puncher & Wattmann 2012) received the 2012 Wesley Michel Wright Prize. She is working on a new collection.