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Fenton Johnson



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Fenton Johnson's latest book is "At the Center of All Beauty." In it, Johnson explores the difference between being single (incomplete without a partner) and solitary (the ability to thrive when alone). Known for his lyrical prose and clear insight, Johnson is a Tucsonan who teaches creative writing at the University of Arizona. He can often be found on the hiking trails of his native Kentucky. He has contributed cover essays to Harper's, appeared on NPR's Fresh Air, and, for a time, was a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine.

Johnson has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts in both fiction and creative nonfiction. He has won two Lambda Literary Awards, a Kentucky Literary Award in creative nonfiction, and the American Library Association Award for best gay/lesbian nonfiction.

Fenton conducts creative writing workshops across the country. He lectures on issues of faith and spirituality, as well as on the role of the arts and humanities in medicine and caregiving.

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Books:
At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
W.W. Norton
March 2020
ISBN 9780393608298
256 pages
$26.95, NYP
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A meditation on solitude as a font of creativity and spirituality.

Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Sarabande Books
May 2017
ISBN 9781941411438
216 pages
$15.95, INSTORE
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Part retrospective, part memoir in essays, Johnson's collection explores sexuality, religion, geography, the AIDS crisis, and more.

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