View Clare's resume here.

Upcoming Events

Walla Walla Public Library: Big Idea Talks
Walla Walla Public Library, Walla Walla, Saturday October 17, desert reception 6:30pm, reading at 7pm

The Jack Straw Writers are going on a roadtrip! I'll be reading new work with Linda Andrews, LJ Morin, Anca Szilagyi, Ross McMeekin, Erin Malone, Matthew Schnirman, and Bernard Grant.

Lit Crawl Seattle: A Reading by Poetry Northwest
Sole Repair, Seattle, Thursday October 22, 8pm

Thrilled to be reading with Emily Bedard and Suzanne Bottelli as part of Lit Craw (full schedule here)

Jack Straw Writers (final reading)
Central Library, Seattle, Saturday November 7, 2pm

All 12 Jack Straw Fellows will read for our culminating fellowship event, at the downtown public library. Hosted by 2015 program curator Kevin Craft.

Opening Reception for "Thank Goodness / Tough Luck Huh"
University Unitarian Church, Sunday November 15, 3 - 5pm

Join me for the artist reception for my new solo exhibition of drawings, with refreshments

Current Exhibitions

Thank Goodness / Tough Luck Huh
University Unitarian Church, Seattle, November 15 - January 8

Solo exhibition of my drawings (artist Reception Sunday November 15, 3 - 5pm)

Gatewood West Seattle
Featured on this quarter's West Seattle Art Walk poster

ongoing, changing selection of art (including post-it notes and drawings inspired by literature) at the Gatewood Bed and Breakfast

Current Publications

Rilke's Roses
limited edition, available now

A set of 27 new drawings to accompany David Need's translations of poems by Rainer Maria Rilke (price $30, plus shipping/tax where applicable). Copies can be purchased at many of my current events, or by emailing me.

Jack Straw Writers Anthology 2015

Selections from my book-in-progress Will I live here when I grow up

Recent Honors / Awards

4Culture Projects
2015 Funding Recipient

Jack Straw Cultural Center, Writers Program
2015 Fellow

Artist Trust Grants for Artist Projects
2014 Recipient

Recent Publications

Frogmore Papers
Number 84 (Fall 2014): cover art (painting)

Selected Press

Lit Crawl itinerary no. 2: Meet the poets
Seattle Review of Books, October 13, 2015

Best of 2011 in Seattle
Seattle Magazine, December 2011 issue

Notes on Clare Johnson
Real Change, September 2011

My Post-it Note Project, exhibited last year in Barnstorm: The Cabaret Re-imagined and at Richard Hugo House, was the subject of a cover story in Real Change by Stacey Bridewell, and also chosen by Seattle Magazine for their Best of 2011 feature.


(Please click on link in upper right corner to view Clare's full resume)

Clare Johnson is from Seattle in the Pacific Northwest of the US. Her creative work is much influenced by a sense of longing for the landscapes and moods of home. She is the eldest of three daughters and close to her family. She likes to walk and swim, thrives on exploring old buildings and is happiest when in the rain or underwater.

Johnson has been painting and writing for most of her life. In middle school she won first prize in the Narramore Art Competition, a Seattle-wide award. She has since won numerous awards for both her art and her writing, including the Michael S. Harper Poetry Prize in 2004. She has been published in Blithe House Quarterly and Cranky Literary Journal, for which she was briefly an assistant editor. Her artwork has been exhibited at Jerwood Space and Guy's Hospital in London, the North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford, the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle and other regional galleries throughout England and the US.

Johnson holds a BA in Visual Art and Creative Writing from Brown University and an MA in Fine Art from Central St Martins College of Art and Design. She has an ongoing commitment to advocacy and outreach projects and has worked as Campus Relations and Events Coordinator for The Sarah Doyle Women's Center from 2001 to 2002, Publicity Designer for the Women's Center in 2003 and 2004, Pride Month Project Manager for Brown University in 2002 and President of the LGBTA at Brown in 2001 and 2002. She co-coordinated Quest, a support group for students questioning their sexuality or concerned about coming out from 2000 to 2004 and created and ran AQUA (Alliance for Queer Understanding and Awareness), an educational activism group to lead workshops for first-year students. She has also worked extensively with children, leading creative workshops as well being a nanny and classroom assistant at various times.

The influence that children and children's books have on her work can be seen in her exploration of childhood memory and playfulness. Music also impacts her art and writing. Johnson listens to music whilst she paints and has hosted eclectic radio-shows. Film is another influential medium, particularly the work of Wong Kar-Wai. After dividing her time between Seattle, USA and Cambridgeshire, England for several years she now lives full-time in Seattle.