Maisha Z. Johnson is an award-winning writer, editor, and digital strategist who writes and works where the arts meet social change and digital media.



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Online Articles

Is it possible to break down complex concepts into accessible, everyday language? Can digital content both grab attention and reach people on a deep, personal level?

Maisha Z. Johnson’s digital media work shows that these answers can be yes. Her experience includes developing and implementing strategies across social media platforms for Everyday Feminism, boosting community engagement for millions of readers of the largest independent feminist media site in the world.

She has created effective strategies for writing headlines, staying on the pulse of current events, analyzing and generating traffic, and more. She’s the pop culture maven analyzing the latest viral stories, the lurker listening in to online conversations, the strategist pulling out the patterns of what draws our attention.

And best of all? She does this work with inclusive, intersectional values.

Headline Writing



Fan Pages




Media Literacy


Through Your Own Words: 51 Writing Prompts for Healing and Self-Care

Writing can be one of many powerful tools we have for surviving trauma and taking care of ourselves so we can continue to thrive. Through Your Own Words offers fifty-one dynamic prompts to help readers cultivate and grow a practice of writing for self-care. Now, you can draw on your own knowledge as a guide for healing.

Anyone, including beginning and experienced writers and writers of fiction, poetry, and personal journals, can build their capacity for creative self-expression with this book’s straight-forward ideas for writing.

Workshop participants who worked with these prompts said:

“Thoughtful prompts…smart, creative, and insightful. I feel so much openness about writing.”

“Challenged me to explore, write even when I felt stuck. Great prompts.”

“Such a great tool to go back to as a way of calming myself down.”


No Parachutes To Carry Me Home

Maisha Z. Johnson’s debut book of poetry, from Punk Hostage Press.

Few poets write about the scents and earthy aromas of our human bodies as precisely and evocatively as Maisha Z. Johnson. There is a gift in this—a remarkable generosity of art. This is important accomplished poetry that lingers like memorable scents of our lives.

– Kwame Dawes, author of Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems

Johnson is a poet with the courage to dig deep, below the surface, below artifice, below the oft told, tired old fictions that lull and deaden to find deeper truths. This collection provides us with the air we need to breathe. Lucky for us that this exciting new poet provides us with fresh poetic oxygen. Breathe deep. 

– Toni Mirosevich, author of The Takeaway Bin and Queer Street

Maisha Z. Johnson is a clear and articulate young poet who takes on an astonishing range of subjects, always grounding the large ideas in personal and vivid images. These are brave poems, full of anger, honesty, humor, and love.

– Ellen Bass, author of Like a Beggar, The Human Line, and Mules of Love



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