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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jen Cullerton Johnson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1972 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Cullerton Johnson was born in Chicago and raised on the South side and comes from a family who has been involved in Chicago politics for decades. She holds a MEd in Curriculum and Development from Loyola University of Chicago and is a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools system. Her short stories are set in Chicago. Currently, Cullerton Johnson is researching small Illinois river towns and their riverboat stories for young children.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jen Cullerton Johnson is a writer, an educator, and an environmentalist with masters degrees in nonfiction writing and curriculum development. She has taught in countries all over the world and now teaches at an inner-city elementary school in Chicago, where she also conducts writing workshops. Her short stories and essays have been published in various literary journals. She was granted an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in 2005 for Creative Non-fiction essays.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Seeds of Change: Wangari's Gift to the World
ISBN: 160060367X

Lee & Low Books. 2010

As a young girl in Kenya, Wangari was taught to respect nature. She grew up loving the land, plants, and animals that surrounded her -from the giant mugumo trees her people, the Kikuyu, revered to the tiny tadpoles that swam in the river. Although most Kenyan girls were not educated, Wangari, curious and hardworking, was allowed to go to school. There, her mind sprouted like a seed. She excelled at science and went on to study in the United States. After returning home, Wangari blazed a trail across Kenya, using her knowledge and compassion to promote the rights of her countrywomen and to help save the land, one tree at a time. Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace brings to life the empowering story of Wangari Maathai, the first African woman, and environmentalist, to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Engaging narrative and vibrant images paint a robust portrait of this inspiring champion of the land and of women's rights.

Speaking Engagements

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