Bret Anthony Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston at the 2014 Texas Book Festival.
Occupation Short story writer, novelist, essayist, college lecturer
Nationality American
Genre Fiction
Notable works

Corpus Christi: Stories; Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer;

Waiting for Lightning

Bret Anthony Johnston is an American author. He wrote the novel Remember Me Like This and the story collection, Corpus Christi: Stories. He is also the editor of the non-fiction work, Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer.


Johnston is a graduate of Miami University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Esquire, The Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Oxford American, Tin House, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times,, All Things Considered, and in short story anthologies. Johnston teaches fiction writing at Harvard University.

Johnston is the author of the novel Remember Me Like This. The novelist Eleanor Henderson wrote that Johnston's writing is "intimately coupled with a powerful moral standard, a standard that suggests not just how readers ought to behave, but how authors ought to."

Johnston is also the author of Corpus Christi: Stories. The collection received the Southern Review's Annual Short Fiction Award, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, the Texas Institute of Letters' Debut Fiction Award, the Christopher Isherwood Prize, the James Michener Fellowship, and was shortlisted for Ireland's Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.

In 2006, the National Book Foundation named him a "5 Under 35" author.

In 2012, "Waiting for Lightning" premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and was released by Samuel Goldywn Films.


Johnston in New York, 2013
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