Kimberly Johnson
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Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson (born 1971) is an American poet and Renaissance scholar.


Johnson was raised in West Jordan, Utah. She earned her MA in 1995 from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, her MFA in 1997 Iowa Writers' Workshop, and a PhD in 2003 from University of California, Berkeley.[1][2]

She teaches courses in creative writing and Renaissance literature at Brigham Young University (BYU). Johnson's academic interests include lyric poetry, John Milton, and John Donne.[3]

Her work has appeared in The New Yorker,[4]Slate,[5][6]The Iowa Review, 32 Poems,[7] and The Yale Review, and her translations from Latin and Greek have been published in literary and academic journals. She has also published a number of scholarly articles on seventeenth-century literature.

She has edited a collection of essays on Renaissance literature, and an online archive of John Donne's complete sermons.[8]

She is married to poet Jay Hopler.[1]


In 2005, she was awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the completion of her second collection, A Metaphorical God.[9] In 2011, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship.[1]



  • Leviathan with a Hook, Persea Books, 2002, ISBN 978-0-89255-282-5
  • A Metaphorical God, Persea Books, 2008, ISBN 978-0-89255-342-6
  • Uncommon Prayer, Persea Books, 2014, ISBN 978-0-89255-447-8


  • Made Flesh: Sacrament and Poetics in Post-Reformation England, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014, ISBN 978-0-81224-588-2


As Editor

  • Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry, Yale University Press, 2013, ISBN 978-0-30017-520-2
  • Divisions on a Ground: Essays on Renaissance Literature in Honor of Donald M. Friedman, George Herbert Journal Special Series and Monographs, 2008, ISBN 978-1888112177


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