Green Festival Speakers
Jen Cullerton Johnson
Jen Cullerton Johnson's nonfiction children's book Seeds of Change demonstrates the connection between people and nature. A frank and inspiring invitation into the life and work of Wangai Maathai, Noble Peace Prize Winner and founder of the Greenbelt Movement. For each book bought Jen gives a percentage to help the environment. For each school visit, or workshop, participants plant one tree in solidarity of saving the earth.Jen Cullerton Johnson has published fiction and creative nonfiction in literary journals and magazines. She has led writing workshops for high school students, elementary children, and continuing education students where she provides a positive and productive workshop environment where respect and craft coincide. She holds a MFA in NonFiction, a MEd in Curriculum and Development and is Illinois certified.In addition to workshops and writer visits, Jen has published in various literary journals and magazines. She has won numerous awards and grants for her work, including an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award.Through her work in the schools, Jen helps to plan and create Literacy Festivals, apply for grants, and facilitate teacher inservices.Jen is a founding member of MuseWrite a literary arts organization based in Chicago, and a board member of Switchback Books, a feminist poetry press. She lives and teaches in Chicago, Illinois.