Andy Johnson, MFA

Andy Johnson works in arts-based evaluation and applied neuroaesthetics, using his background in the arts to transform what we find valuable, beautiful, and memorable into data useful for decision making. Andy brings 30+ years of experience in creative work, administration, and activism to TerraLuna. Andy began his career as a musician, then as stage manager and director. He advised graduate students and faculty in the Department of Sociology for seven years. Later, Andy became an aid worker in postwar Liberia under a USAID contract. In Liberia, Andy served as the nationwide coordinator of a Books for Africa initiative that reduced the national student-to-textbook ratio from an average of 26:1 to 4:1, connected former child soldiers with literacy and job training programs, and created the First-Year Writing Program at Cuttington University.

After completing a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction, Andy taught the first known #blacklivesmatter course in America, as well as spoken word, fiction writing, African American comedy, literature, and composition courses. Andy lends his skills to local creative and literacy-based projects, including Poetry Out Loud, Writers in the Schools, and Writers Resist. Andy’s fiction has been seen in Callaloo, African American Review, and other publications. His first novel The Through will be published in September of 2017.

Over the course of his career, Andy has developed skills in observation, textual analysis, interviewing, recruiting, positive behavior supports, and arts-based interventions, as well as writing and editing. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from The University of Texas, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The University of Alabama.