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Melody Newey Johnson’s poems have been published online and in literary journals and anthologies, including Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Exponent II, Irreantum, Utah Voices 2012, Utah Sings, Vol. VIII and elsewhere. Additional works are forthcoming in Blossom as the Cliffrose: Mormon Legacies and the Beckoning Wild, Torrey House Press. Her first full-length manuscript, An Imperfect Roundness, was recently published by BCC Press.

She is the current poetry editor for Segullah journal and a past poetry editor for Exponent II magazine. She is the creator of Living Well: Retreat to Self, a women’s writing retreat. She earns a living as a Registered Nurse and lives to write. Melody resides in Utah with her best friend, Jeff Johnson, to whom she also happens to be married. When she’s not writing, you can find her gardening or building sheet forts with grandchildren.

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An Imperfect Roundness

"Perched somewhere between George Herbert and Mary Oliver, Melody Newey Johnson's poems offer a sustained celebration of "heaven in ordinary". They quietly and gently fold experience in on itself, bringing out the richness that had slipped our view, even though it had been there all along. " 

Jason Kerr, Assistant Professor of English, Brigham Young University