Tylyn K Johnson

Tylyn K. Johnson (he/they) is a floating writer from Naptown, IN. He writes from traditions of storytelling and empowerment to reflect a complex love through the framed lenses of Black Queer artistry. Their language appears in Lolwe, just femme and dandyThe Indianapolis Reviewthe lickety~split, and Rigorous, among other spaces. A recipient of the 2021 Myong Cha Son Haiku Award, they performed readings and obtained writing awards at the University of Indianapolis. Tylyn also ... view more »

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Bachelor of Social Work, University of Indianapolis. 2022.

Shortridge IB High School. 2018.


2023 Barbara Curiel Multilingual Award in Translation, Multilingual or Spanish-Language writing, Toyon Literary Magazine.

Honorable Mention in the 2022 Penrose Poetry Prize. Death Rattle / Oroboro Lit Journal.

1st Place for the 2022 Lucy Munro Brooker Poetry Award. University of Indianapolis, English Department.

Honorable Mention for the 2022 Ferlini Nonfiction Essay Prize. University of Indianapolis, English Department. 1st place in the 2021 Myong Chas Son Haiku Award. West Chester University Poetry Center, Iris N. Spencer Poetry Awards.

3rd place in the 2020 Lucy Munro Brooker Poetry Prize. University of Indianapolis, English Department.

3rd Best Flash Fiction in Spring 2021 from the Indiana College Press Association in the Literary Magazines category.