Marilyn Johnston is a writer and filmmaker. She has received writing fellowships from Oregon Literary Arts and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women, and was the winner of the Donna J. Stone National Literary Award for Poetry, a Robert Penn Warren writing competition prize, and the Salmon Creek Journal’s Flash Fiction Contest. She is the author of Red Dust Rising (The Habit of Rainy Nights Press, 2004), a chapbook of poems about her family’s healing from war, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and a full collection, Before Igniting (Rippling Brook Press, 2020). She lives east of Salem, in the village of Macleay, and teaches creative writing in the Artists in the Schools Program, primarily working with incarcerated youth.