BA, University of Iowa
MFA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Professor Johnston teaches fiction workshops and other courses where the close examination of the art and craft of literary storytelling is the primary enterprise.
- Never So Green, a novel (2002, Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
- Irish Girl, Stories (2009, UNT Press, winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction)
- Descent, a novel (2015, Algonquin Books)
Johnston's short fiction has appeared in New England Review, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, DoubleTake, Best Life Magazine, and Narrative Magazine, among others, as well as the anthologies The Best of The West and The O. Henry Prize Stories.