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Denis Johnson (born 1949 in Munichmarker, West Germanymarker) is an Americanmarker author who is best known for his short story collection Jesus' Son (1992) and his novel Tree of Smoke (2007), which won the National Book Award.

Biography

Johnson holds an MFA degree from the University of Iowamarker . He received a Whiting Writer’s Award in 1986 and a Lannan Fellowship in Fiction in 1993.

Johnson first came to prominence after the publication of his short story collection Jesus' Son (1992), which was adapted into the 1999 film of the same name, which was named one of the top ten films of the year by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Roger Ebert . Johnson has a cameo role in the film as a man who has been stabbed in the eye by his wife .

In 2006-2007, Johnson held the Mitte Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State Universitymarker in San Marcosmarker, Texasmarker .

Personal life

Johnson is twice divorced and lives with his third wife, Cindy Lee, in Arizonamarker and Idahomarker. Johnson has three children, two of whom he homeschooled; in October, 1997 he wrote an article for Salon.com in defense of homeschooling.

Awards

In 1981, he won the National Poetry Series, for The Incognito Lounge: And Other Poems.

In 2002, Johnson won the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction from The Paris Review for Train Dreams.

In 2007, Johnson published Tree of Smoke, his first full-length novel in nine years, which won a National Book Award and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Works

Poetry collections



Novels

  • (reprint 2002)
  • (reprint 1995)
  • (reprint 1995)
  • (novella, 2000)
  • Train Dreams (novella, 2002)


Short story collection

  • (reprint 2009)


Plays

Johnson's plays have been produced in San Franciscomarker, Chicagomarker, New Yorkmarker, and Seattlemarker. He is the Resident Playwright of Campo Santo, the resident theater company at Intersection for the Artsmarker in San Franciscomarker.

Non-fiction



References

  1. Writers' Workshop - The University of Iowa
  2. Moore, Michael Scott. "Poet of the Fallen World: How an S.F. theater troupe helped turn a reclusive novelist into a full-fledged playwright" (reprint), SF Weekly, February 2003. Retrieved on 2008-06-11.
  3. School is Out. Salon.com
  4. Sisario, Ben. "Arts, Briefly: Channeling Noir, Dickens-Style," The New York Times, 2008-06-11. Retrieved on 2008-06-11.


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