Alison Bergblom Johnson writes creative nonfiction, creates collage and installation, and performs stories. Her work raises questions about gender, disability, and sexuality, and has received mention by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and MinnPost. She facilitates creative writing workshops for adults with mental health diagnoses for Artability, a program of People Incorporated. In the past she taught writing classes for VSA Minnesota, and for New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. Also, she assisted in classes for the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project of Minnesota. She holds certification as a teaching artist from ArtSage’s Professional Development Initiative. Her creative nonfiction has been published by Flock, Minnesota Public Radio, and Spout Press, among others, and is forthcoming in Entropy. She was a resident at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center with support from the Jerome Foundation and at the Vermont Studio Center. Recently she became an Artist Career Consultant for Springboard for the Arts.
She’s worked with inter-generational pairs of 5th or 6th graders and elders working together to tell a true story from the elder’s childhood. With VSA MN she created and taught a 6-week long course for adults with mental illness interested in writing about mental health. She’s particularly interested in how to approach narrative in multidisciplinary ways, through visual elements as well as the spoken and written word. Approaching hard stories is one of her strengths.
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