Photo Credit:
Photo credit
T. Hill
J. (Julie) Johnson
BIO
Biography

     J. Ivanel Johnson is the pen name for a disabled author/playwright who now lives in the Appalachians of New Brunswick, where she and her husband and mother live on their small farm overlooking inspirational views of nature.  Like her grandmother before her (the 'Ivanel' of her pen name) she has written something daily since toddlerhood, first publishing two poems with Annick Press in Toronto when she was only 11.  Being 1 of only 20 chosen nationally for the prestigious “Artist In Community Education” program at Queen’s University, she is a former high school English/ Drama teacher. Striving always to write about marginalized and culturally-diverse characters, many based on people from the First Nation reservations or inner cities where she has taught, her imagination nonetheless has most soared whilst living "Out and Up" - in the highlands of Scotland, the moors of Yorkshire, and the Rockies of Montana and the Yukon.

     Her most recently published short fiction includes 2019's “Iron Bone”, an own-voices story in the Nothing Without Us anthology by Renaissance (Ottawa), nominated for a Prix Aurora Award and currently on syllabus at Trent University, and 2020's “The Door to Gwunvailer” in Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse by Camden Park Press. Her poetry (some indigenous and disabled-themed works incl) has most recently appeared in THEMA Literary Magazine, Third Estate Art’s Quaranzine, Mollyhouse Literary Journal and the new Canadian "Journal of Undiscovered Poets". Having had several shorter plays staged in the UK and USA, her first full-length stage musical “Rough Notes”, a 'truly Canadian experience' (Adam Brazier) is in development. She has also signed a book deal for her debut novel with BlackRose (Castroville) which will be released in September 2022 - the first in a series of murder-mysteries.

ADDRESS
City: New Denmark, Province/Territory: New Brunswick
EMAIL
GENRE
mystery/suspense novels, poetry, plays/musicals, short stories
LANGUAGES
English
PUBLICATIONS
Publications
Title
How To Teach Drama To Kids
Publisher
HowExpert Press
Year
2011
Title
2020
Title
Iron Bone in Nothing Without Us
Publisher
Renaissance (Ottawa)
Year
2019
Title
The Door to Gwunvailer in Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse
Publisher
Camden Park Press
Year
2020
Title
Just A STILL LIFE
Publisher
Black Rose Writing (Castroville
Title
TX)
Publisher
2022
LINKS
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Presentation details
Audience Size
Audience size
any
Presentation Length
1 hour
Presentation Description
Presentation description

all forms of readings, mostly funny/uplifting and with area-themed trivia questions re: other literary connections...but with some darker overtones (esp. poetry, murder-mysteries) if preferred. 
Also do lectures on becoming a writer, creative tips, etc. Some lectures to drama classes on playwrighting, delivery, preparing monologues,  and expert on young people's theatre exercises.

Presentation Fee(s)
$100. plus travel expenses
Workshop details
Audience Size
max. 30
Intended Audience
any, all
Workshop Length
2 hour
Workshop Description
Workshop description

Both drama and creative-writing workshops for all ages.  Many types of challenging and fun exercises offered. See above.

I believe that it is important to support and encourage Canadian artists who are producing unique Canadian content. I encourage anyone who believes in the value of the arts to our society to support this work by a very talented musician, author, actor and teacher.   – Jane Wright, professional artist, philanthropist, former president of Hudson  Artists’, Montreal, Quebec and London, ON, 2020

       “It was my honour to be directed by Julie as a lead cast member in the black comedy Off the Wall. Aside from her considerable skills as my drama coach, her energy and originality as a director and writer were infectious, not only to me but the entire cast and crew. She knows exactly how to tell a story with flair, humour and a whole lot of heart. Her passion for what she does instilled in me a creativity and joy that has not dimmed in the slightest over twenty years later” – Phil Mellor, Seattle-based poet, former actor in co-written two-act play Off The Wall, Leeds, U.K.

Workshop Fee(s)
$240. plus travel expenses
School presentation details
Audience Size
max 30
Intended Audience
any age above Grade 4
Presentation Length
1/2 hour to 1 hour
Presentation Description
Presentation description

Anything from readings and a literary trivia quiz (pertinent to particular area)... to creative, challenging exercises in writing or drama. As above.

Presentation Fee(s)
$55. plus travel expenses
EQUITY INITIATIVE
As part of the Union’s Equity Implementation Plan, we are committed to increasing awareness of authors who are Black, Indigenous, racialized, LGBTQI2S, or living with a disability. This author identifies as:
Members who identify as:
Living with a disability
Programs & Interests
Interested in participating Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
All members are eligible for the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program. Are you interested in participating in this pro
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
The Union’s Northern Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program funds in-person visits to northern Ontario schools when possible. Ar
Yes