Alumni (Fellow)

Reed Johnson

John S. Lillard Jefferson Fellow
Class: 2016
Hometown: Lebanon, New Hampshire
B.A., Wesleyan University (2000); M.F.A., Grad (2010); M.A., Grad (2012)

Since his last update, Reed has passed his PhD comprehensive exams and successfully defended his dissertation topic, a study of Anton Chekhov’s short fiction through the lens of narrative theory. His article on the Soviet writer and labor camp survivor Varlam Shalamov has been published in the peer-reviewed scholarly journal Gulag Studies, and his third published work of short fiction appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of the Gettysburg Review. His novel-in-progress, set in Leningrad during the final months of the Soviet Union, was awarded second place out of more than six hundred manuscripts in the 2015 James Jones First Novel Award. He spent the summer of 2014 as a teaching assistant aboard the Semester at Sea program, and will be the visiting writer at Salem College during the January 2016 term.

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