Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson is WLT's managing editor.

  •  March 2009 WLT Poet, playwright, and neuroscientist Pireeni Sundaralingam considers how migration defines a person’s identity and art’s ability to build bridges and break down the fears that lead to demonizing others. I heard her read at the PEN World Voices Festival in New York City in May 2008, and our conversation over lunch led to the following e-mail interview...
  •  July 2006 WLT In 1998 world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma founded the Silk Road Project to explore artistic exchanges and international collaborations along Silk Road lands and around the world. “When we enlarge our view of the world,” says Ma, “we deepen our understanding of our own lives.” The Silk Road Project hopes to plant the seeds of new cultural gro...
  •    July 2013
    Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris Little, Brown, 2013   In David Sedaris’s new collection, the essays begin with a visit to his Parisian dentist and end with his first colonoscopy. In between, Sedaris takes us on an international tour of his experiences, dipping back into the past to explore his early years—particularly his relationship with his father. At times funny, at...
  • There’s no disputing the excellence of To Kill a Mockingbird, The Trial, and the other creative works that often appear on best-of law-and-lit lists. But there are many more novels, stories, and poems that capture what we seek through the law, how the law works in our lives, and how lawyers’ lives are affected by working in the law. Is Harper Lee’s beloved novel better than Nadi...
  •   Photo by Pascale Brevet Alexander Maksik, who moved to Paris in 2002 to write and teach, is the author of You Deserve Nothing, the first book from Tonga Books, Europa Editions' new imprint, edited by Alice Sebold. His writing has appeared in several journals and the anthology Strangers in Paris: New Writing from the City of Light (Tightrope, 2011). The recipient of a Truman C...
  • Poets House | Lower Manhattan Just two blocks northwest of Ground Zero is Battery Park City, a quiet pocket of southwest Manhattan running alongside the Hudson River. The Poets House (poetshouse.org) recently moved here from Soho, and now sits around the corner from the Battery Park City public library—the New York Public Library's first green, leed-certified branch in Manhattan—and just north o...
  • Plan your next excavation of modern world literature through New York City with managing editor Michelle Johnson's definitive list of her favorite New York City bookstores. View New York City Bookstores in a larger map 192 Books www.192books.comOpened on May 22, 2003, 192 BOOKS is a general-interest bookstore featuring key works of literature and history, art and criticism, the social and natura...
  • The Poetry Deal
    Still writing “on this earthquake fault” in San Francisco, feminist Beat poet Diane di Prima continues to create her revolutionary verse. At eighty, aged out of the thirty-under-thirty and forty-under-forty lists and writing from Silicon Valley—and where else is youth so brutally and uncritically worshipped?—di Prima’s concluding poem in her just-released The Poetry Deal is enti...