Photo courtesy Mayra Beltran @ Houston Chronicle

Photo courtesy Mayra Beltran @ Houston Chronicle

Lacy M. Johnson is a Houston-based artist, curator, teacher, activist, and is author of THE OTHER SIDE (Tin House, 2014) and TRESPASSES: A MEMOIR (University of Iowa Press, 2012), and she is co-creator of the location-based storytelling project [the invisible city]. She worked as a cashier at WalMart, sold steaks door-to-door, and puppeteered with a traveling children’s museum before earning a PhD from University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Houston Arts Alliance, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Kansas Arts Commission (may it rest in peace), the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Inprint, and Millay Colony for the Arts. Her work has appeared in Guernica, the Los Angeles Times, Tin House, The Racial Imaginary (Fence Books, 2015), Fourth Genre, Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2013), Creative Nonfiction, Sentence, TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast and elsewhere. She teaches nonfiction in the Low-residency MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College, and teaches Interdisciplinary Art at University of Houston.