I'm a writer, editor, and teacher living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I write my own fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and children's literature, and also do freelance editing and writing, specializing in manuscript critiques and editing for creative people who would like to work one-on-one with another writer on their craft rather than take a class or pursue a degree. Please see my Editing & Manuscript Critiques page for more detailed information on options & rates.

I also paint and play music, and I have worked with many visual artists, musicians, and performing artists on grants and publicity materials, including bios, pitch & query letters, press releases, artist statements, website copy, and liner notes. For more information on options & rates, please see my Grants & Publicity page.

CROCUS HILL GHOST STORY: My most recent project is a collaborative performance project that premiered in St. Paul, MN in October 2017. We're re-mounting the show in October 2018 with actor/director KrisAnne Weiss, as part of the Zeitgeist New Music Ensemble's Halloween Festival. Read more here!


 Photo by Sari Fordham

Cheri Johnson is a fiscal year 2012 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.