Johanna Grea was born in Toulouse, France and raised on the small Caribbean island of Saint Martin, the source of many of her inspirations.
Johanna received both a BA in Honors English and an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College in New York, where she has been living for seven years now. When she isn’t writing, Johanna teaches English and Creative Writing at Fusion Academy and Westchester Community College.
Johanna’s poems and stories have been featured in Graffiti Literary Magazine, Cactus Heart Press, The Bangalore Review, and The Write Place at the Write Time Literary Journal. She has worked for three literary journals over the course of four years, serving as fiction editor, associate editor, and editor-in-chief. Johanna has also worked as a columnist for L’Elite Magazine and as a French/English translator. Her short story, “The Modiano Cafe”, was awarded the 2010 Eileen O’Gorman Prize in Fiction.
Authors that have inspired Johanna’s work are Dorothy Allison and Jennifer Egan, for their fearlessness, and the one and only Alice Munro, for her subtle understanding of women’s psyches. Johanna is working on her first novel, We Carved Our Names in Tamarind Trees, loosely based on her childhood memories in Saint Martin. She currently lives in Westchester County with her husband.