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Amaud Jamaul Johnson

Amaud Jamaul Johnson’s debut collection, Red Summer, won the 2004 Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press and will be published by Tupelo in spring 2006. Johnson was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford and a Cave Canem Fellow and is currently an assistant professor of English in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Big City

Spring 2006 | Poetry

  He promises a canary dress, white gloves, says they’ll eat chops, thick as her thighs, that they’ll order doubles of the “finest,” see all the Big Names when they arrive. But it’s the thought of them dead: half of what they own dra [...]

The Maple Remains

Winter 2006 | Poetry

  Vicksburg, Mississippi May 16, 1919 For the general good Such, even the smell Is customary; like figs Gray and gamy, rotting Among the orchard mulch. And an old woman Remembers her children As little monkeys for its branches, Their hinged arms [...]

Chicago Citizen Testifies in His Defense

Winter 2006 | Poetry

  July 27th, 1919: Eugene Williams, 17, found dead at the 26th Street Beach, who apparently drowned after being struck on the head by a blunt object. What might seem like dumb luck isn’t, it’s not happenstance, or being in the wrong place [...]

Elaine, 1919

Winter 2006 | Poetry

  1. four men, businessmen, down coon hunting from Helena; two Fisk men, two Philander, cussing over old football scores, humming fight songs, crouched behind a late-autumn thicket. on the way back to their Packard, coonskin full in their sac [...]