Melody Newey Johnson

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Melody Newey Johnson now considers herself a Utah native, having spent most of her growing up years in Provo. She currently resides in Salt Lake City.

Her first full-length collection, An Imperfect Roundness (BCC Press, 2020) was a finalist in the 2020 Association for Mormon Letters Award for poetry. Her work has been published in literary journals and anthologies, including Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Exponent II, Segullah, Psaltry & Lyre, Irreantum, Utah Voices 2012, Utah Sings, Vol. VIII and elsewhere. Additional works are forthcoming in Blossom as the Cliffrose: Mormon Legacies and the Beckoning Wild, Torrey House Press. Her poetry was also featured in art collaborations in the Salt Lake Art Center and for the 2002 Winter Olympics small gallery project. She is the current poetry editor for Segullah journal and a past poetry editor for Exponent II magazine. 

Beyond her writing, she is most proud of creating Living Well: Retreat to Self, a writing retreat for women. Melody is a registered nurse and certified case manager. She is married to her best friend, Jeff Johnson. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her hiking in Utah’s mountains, gardening, or building sheet forts with grandchildren. 



An Imperfect Roundness, BCC Press 2020


On Women Creatives Podcast

Association for Mormon Letters 

Segullah Podcast

Exponent II: On the Divine Feminine

Artists of Utah: 15 Bytes Interview

Additional Info

  • Region: Wasatch Front
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Tags: Devotional, Women