Caleb Johnson


Caleb Johnson is the author of the novel Treeborne (Picador), which received an honorable mention for the Southern Book Prize and was longlisted for The Crook’s Corner Book Prize. His nonfiction has been cited in Best American Essays, and appears in Garden & Gun, Southern Living, The Wall Street Journal, among others. Caleb grew up in Arley, Ala., studied journalism at The University of Alabama, and earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Wyoming. He has received fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and The Jentel Foundation. His previous jobs include newspaper reporter, janitor, middle-school teacher, and whole-animal butcher. Currently, Caleb teaches writing at the University of South Alabama and mentors graduate students in Drexel University’s low-residency MFA program. He lives in Mobile, Ala. with his wife, the writer Irina Zhorov, and their son, Felix.

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