Jessica Johns is a nehiyaw aunty and member of Sucker Creek First Nation in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta and is currently living, working, and learning on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She is the poetry editor for PRISM international, is the Outreach and Education Coordinator for Room Magazine, and is a co-organizer of the Indigenous Brilliance reading series in Vancouver.
She has been published in Cosmonauts Avenue, Glass Buffalo, CV2, SAD Magazine, Red Rising Magazine, The Rusty Toque, Poetry is Dead, Third Street Writers, and Saltern. She was the winner of The Rusty Toque’s 2017 Flash Fiction contest, winner of the 2017 Saltern Short Forms contest, was shortlisted for the Cosmonauts Avenue 2017 Fiction Contest, and placed second in the 2017 Glass Buffalo poetry contest. Her poem “Can you imagine my love for banana facts?” was shortlisted for the Alberta Magazine Award in poetry in 2018, and her debut chapbook, How Not to Spill, is out with Rahila’s Ghost Press.