Join us for a reading and talk with Johnnie Christmas, author of the middle-grade graphic novel Swim Team (2022).
Swim Team follows Bree as she begins middle school and faces her fear of swimming, while confronting longstanding barriers of systemic racism set within the public pool system. Johnnie’s debut graphic novel, it earned a spot on the National Book Awards longlist and a Harvey Awards nomination.
Lucky for us, Johnnie is currently working on two new middle-grade graphic novels.
This online workshop is limited to students and faculty within the School of Creative Writing. Please contact Assistant Professor Sarah Leavitt to participate.
Johnnie Christmas is a #1 New York Times Best Selling graphic novelist. His 2022 middle grade graphic novel debut SWIM TEAM earned a spot on the National Book Awards longlist and a Harvey Awards nomination. He’s currently hard at work on two new middle-grade graphic novels for the HarperAlley imprint of HarperCollins. Writer of the Image Comics sci-fi series TARTARUS and CREMA, a haunted romance published by Comixology. His book FIREBUG received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and it earned him a Joe Shuster Outstanding Cartoonist nomination. He’s perhaps best known for co-creating the series ANGEL CATBIRD with celebrated writer Margaret Atwood and adapting William Gibson’s lost screenplay for ALIEN 3 into a critically acclaimed graphic novel of the same name. His credits also include co-creating the pre-apocalyptic thriller SHELTERED. A graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, earning a BFA in Communication Design/Illustration. Johnnie makes Vancouver, BC his home.
Visiting Writers Program
The School of Creative Writing’s Visiting Writers Program provides an opportunity for our students, alumni and faculty to connect with insightful writers in small group settings. We encourage everyone in Creative Writing to take advantage of this opportunity – it’s a unique benefit of being involved in the School.
This online workshop is limited to students and faculty within the School of Creative Writing. Registration is required.