Jocelyn Nicole Johnson's writing has appeared in Guernica, the Guardian, Phoebe, Prime Number, and elsewhere. Her short story "Control Negro" was featured in Best American Short Stories 2018, guest-edited by Roxane Gay, and was read live by LeVar Burton as part of PRI's Selected Shorts series. She has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Tin House, and VCCA. A veteran public school art teacher, Johnson lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia.
I aimed to painstakingly mark the route of this black child, one whom I could prove was so strikingly decent and true that America could not find fault in him unless we as a nation had projected it there.