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Barb Johnson

Barb Johnson has spent most of her adult life working as a carpenter. In 2004, at age forty-seven, she entered the MFA program at The University of New Orleans. During her time there, she won the Robert F. Gibbons Award, The Svenson Award for Fiction, The Gulf Coast Teachers of Creative Writing Award, Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers, and a grant from The Astraea Foundation. She has been a finalist for the Faulkner/Wisdom Prize in short fiction, and her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Washington Square, and Greensboro Review.
Barb Johnson recommends
Nail's Crossing (2017)
(Bill Maytubby & Hannah Bond Mystery, book 1)
Kris Lackey
"You'll want to make a sandwich before you start this book, but don't wear your good shirt because while chasing down criminals, Bill Maytubby, a vegetarian, music-loving, poetry-reading, vintage truck-driving detective takes us across the arid plains of the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, over into Arkansas and Texas and then down into the swamps of Cajun Louisiana, going deep into the compelling landscapes of tiny towns, and while he's got you trying to connect the dots, Maytubby is likely to say something food-spitting funny. A visually delicious read."

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