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Skinny Dip with Nancy Johnson

Nancy JohnsonFor this inter­view, we are pleased to share answers from Nan­cy John­son, pro­fes­sor, children’s/young adult lit­er­a­ture and English/ lan­guage arts edu­ca­tion, West­ern Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty:

Which celebri­ty, liv­ing or not, do you wish would invite you to a cof­fee shop?

Eleanor Roo­sevelt and Michelle Oba­ma. I’d do my best just to lis­ten … and learn.

Favorite city to vis­it?

Favorite coun­try is Viet­nam. Favorite “city” in Viet­nam is Hoi An. It’s mag­i­cal!

Dragon Fountain, Hoi An, Vietnam

Drag­on Foun­tain, Can­tonese Assem­bly Hall, Quant Trieu, Hoi An (cred­it: Wiki­me­dia Com­mons)

Tea? Cof­fee? Milk? Soda? What’s your favorite go-to drink?

Cof­fee (dark roast) … no sug­ar, no cream.

Reading on the beach

© Yude­sign |

What’s your dream vaca­tion?

A pile of books, lots of sun, a beach (and noth­ing to grade!)

What gives you shiv­ers?

Spi­ders and snakes. It’s irra­tional, I know, but they creep me out (even the tee­ny-tiny, non­poi­so­nous ones). And aer­i­al acts (cir­cus­es, the Blue Angels, etc.).

Your favorite can­dy as a kid …

Movie the­atre can­dy = Jujubes

Drug store can­dy = can­dy cig­a­rettes (Seri­ous­ly! They looked so cool — and so did we — but they tast­ed like chalk.)

What’s the strangest tourist attrac­tion you’ve vis­it­ed?

It’s not real­ly a tourist attrac­tion but … when we were kids, my Dad and my best friend’s Dad took us on a field trip to a sewage treat­ment plant.


2 Responses to Skinny Dip with Nancy Johnson

  1. nancyboflood June 23, 2016 at 5:11 pm #

    Nan­cy — did you know that Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell have cre­at­ed a Poet­ry Cel­e­bra­tion work­shop which will be held in Belling­ham, Octo­ber 1st. Over 30 poets are gath­er­ing. I will be pre­sent­ing about Move­ment and Motion — part of poet­ry in Non­fic­tion (Water Runs Through This Book). I would be hap­py to send more infor­ma­tion.

  2. Nancy Johnson June 24, 2016 at 8:40 am #

    Yep! Not only do I “know” this, it’s the project my col­league, Sylvia Tag, and I cre­at­ed as part of our Poet­ryCHaT (Poet­ry for Chil­dren and Teens) col­lec­tion and project at WWU. We invit­ed Janet W. and Sylvia V. as our fea­tured speak­ers at our first Poet­ry Camp and it’s hap­pi­ly mor­phed into this event. We’re thrilled by the poets’ involve­ment (includ­ing you!) and eager to wel­come lots of atten­dees. Check it out at:

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