Kase Johnstun

Writer, Runner, Literary Voice of Ogden, UT

Kase Johnstun lives and writes in Ogden, Utah. He is the author of recently released "Beyond the Grip Craniosynostosis" (McFarland & Co), which has been featured in Pennsylvania Parenting Magazine, Portland Family Magazine, The Ogden Standard Examiner (where he was awarded 40 under 40 for 2016), and many other places, as well as having mentions in the Chicago Tribune and the Seattle Times. It was recently awarded the Gold Quill (First Place) in Creative Nonfiction by the League of Utah Writers for 2015.

His work has been published widely by literary journals and trade magazines, including, but not limited to, Yahoo Parenting, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, and The Chronicle Review. 

He is the co-editor/author of "Utah Reflections: Stories from the Wasatch Front (The History Press), which was name the Salt Lake Tribune’s book of the month for August 2014 and the League of Utah Writers Recommended Read in Nonfiction 2015 (Third Place).

His essay collection "Tortillas for Honkies" was named a finalist for the 2013 Autumn House press Nonfiction Awards (most of the essays in the collection have found homes in places like The Watershed Review, Label Me Latino/a, Prime Number Literary Magazine, and Animal Literary Magazine).

Most recently, he spend a month at the Jiwar Artist’s Residency in Barcelona, Spain as the writer in residence for the month of January 2016. At Jiwar, a place he has already fallen completely in love with because of its working space and amazing hosts, he is working on two projects. First, he is revising a novel that takes place in Barcelona, and is using his time in the Gracia district to flesh out the landscape of the novel – the smells, the tastes, the sounds of the street penetrating his writing space. Second, he is working on a new novel that is still in its infancy, but lives on the border between hallucination and reality, using this grey area of consciousness to explore people’s demons – real and perceived.

He is represented by Elizabeth Copps at the Maria Carvainis Agency.