Vicki Johnson is a single parent and a longtime public servant. She’s worked in national Democratic and LGBTQ politics, in the White House, and as education director of an award-winning nonprofit serving Appalachian youth, but her favorite job ever was veterinary assistant. Vicki was raised in rural Georgia, educated as a first-generation student at Smith College and Emory Law School, and currently lives in an historic log cabin in West Virginia with her daughter, two cats, and two dogs. She’s also a first-semester student at Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults

Represented by: Zoe Sandler, Literary Agent, ICM Partners, 65 E. 55th St, New York, NY 10022, zsandler@icmpartners.com 

More stuff:

2021-23 Student, Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults

2021 Wait List, Lambda Literary Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices – YA Category.

2020 Mentee, #PBChat Picture Book Mentorship Program with Christian Trimmer, Editorial Director of Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.

2020 Finalist, We Need Diverse Books Mentorship Program – MG Category.

2018 Recipient, Individual Artist Professional Development Grant, from the WV Division of History and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts, approved by the WV Commission on the Arts.

2016 Founder, CABIN READS, a recurring literary event between the mountains and the river in WV. #cabinreadsWV

2014 Nominee, Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Work, SCBWI Annual Conference, Los Angeles

2014 Runner Up, Annual Fiction Writing Contest, Southern Breeze Chapter, SCBWI.

2014 Recipient, Hambidge Center Creative Residency (Fall)

2012 – Present, Member SCBWI, Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia Chapter.

Graduate of Smith College and Emory University Law School. Studied abroad at University of Sussex, Brighton, England.

Erstwhile drummer.

2011 Winner, NaNoWriMo.

Life-long veg and friend to all animals.

Support for my writing comes from:



Contact me at avjohnson at gmail

Please connect with me on twitter @vickijohnson, on instagram @vickijohnsonwrites or on Facebook.

Thanks for stopping by!



2020 PBChat Mentee Badge


  1. So happy to find your blog! Thanks for the link. Congrats again on the most promising work nomination! What a grand bit of motivation THAT is. Not to mention—the industry will definitely take notice :-). Debby Miller

  2. Vicki – so happy to find you!! I have thought of you often over the years. I remember seeing your mom in Decatur years ago and learning that you lived there. But life was hectic with a young child and full time work, so I never reached out to you. I’m sorry I didn’t as you have always been one of my favorite people from home. I can’t wait to get my hands on your writing. I wish you much success in your writing and I would love to see you again one day. xoxo – Paige (Davis) McNeal

    1. Hey Paige I can’t believe I’m just seeing this. Thanks for your sweet note! I moved to WV 4 years ago. I’ll go find you on social media now. 🙂

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