Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Jenny Johnson
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Jenny Johnson

Jenny Johnson was born in Bristol just after the 1939-45 World War.  Her mother’s parents were Russian- Jewish immigrants and her father was an American-Jewish naval officer.  When she was sixteen months old, she was adopted by an English couple and, at eleven, began attending The Red Maids’ School, the oldest girls’ school in England.  Her adoptive parents died in 1973 and, a decade later, she traced and met her birth mother. She now lives with her husband in Exmouth, Devon, and has one son.

Jenny has given a number of readings of her work over the years and has won four prizes from South West Arts, the first of which was awarded by Ted Hughes during the late 1970s.  As well as several  pamphlets, she has had two books published: The Wisdom Tree, Salzburg University Press, 1993, and Neptune’s Daughters, Expansions Unlimited, 1999.  Selected Poems: Revised & New will be published by Brimstone Press in the near future.

Jenny is also a circle dance choreographer and Reiki therapist and is looking for new outlets where she can continue to share both her dances and poems.  A sample of her poetry and a list of her dances, together with musical sources, can be found on her website: www.jennyjohnsondancerpoet.co.uk

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