Yma’ Social Media Bios and Pitches

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Bio

Yma Johnson was born in Ann Arbor, MI to Sierra Leonean immigrants. She began her writing career in 1996 as a journalist in Puerto Rico. Her short stories are international in scope, and fueled by a passion for social justice. Yma is pursuing a master’s in creative writing at Eastern Michigan University, and will teach poetry at the Huron Valley Women’s Prison as an intern in fall 2014.

Pitches

May You Live Long Enough to Return Home is a collection of sixteen short stories focused on the world’s misbegotten as they journey through the shadow lands of society and ill-lit corners of the mind. Award-winning “A Bed for Damaris,” follows an American ex-patriot in Puerto Rico, who is mired in alcoholism and on the run from a troubled past as she confronts her struggle in the eyes of a homeless heroin addict. “Captain Blood is Coming” bears witness to the Sierra Leone Civil War through American-born Elizabeth who is trying to flee the country as rebel soldiers descend on the capital city. A Norwegian fisherman’s night time trip across the Straits of Juan de Fuca forces a confrontation with his brother’s terrible secret in “August Lokken.”

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May You Live Long Enough to Return Home is a short fiction collection that bears witness to the world’s misbegotten and their struggle for survival. Global in scope and uncompromising in spirit, the stories cut across class, race, and culture to show the inner lives of the physically and emotionally exiled. “Gringa Negra” recounts an ex-patriot’s eleventh hour attempt to save her cocaine addict friend from an impending drug raid in Old San Juan. Marlina Stack’s is dragged into a painful, very public sex scandal by her cheating husband, and as the cameras close in she must decide whether or not to support him in front of the nation in “The Senator’s Wife.” After shooting her abusive husband to death, poverty-stricken Emma Jean flees her home in the middle of a snowstorm with her three children in “The Tracks.”

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Yma Johnson is a journalist and author whose short fiction weaves the struggles of society’s misbegotten with unflinching social commentary .

Pitches

From San Juan to Sierra Leone May You Live Long Enough to Return Home bears witness to the world’s misbegotten as they fight for dignity.

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May You Live Long Enough to Return Home recounts tales of outcasts from across the globe as they fight for survival amid collapsing worlds.

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Image Pitch #1

A black and white image with lots of gradations set in a two lane highway running through the desert. The clouds indicate a gathering storm and are a tempestuous, volatile shade of gray-blue. A crow descends ominously from the left corner, the angle of its wings and talons suggest that it has spotted something on the ground. Below the bird, and in the background, is a male figure dressed in black walking away from the viewer. He is barefoot, and carrying a battered suitcase. His race can not be distinguished because of the shading. The same figure appears in the foreground except he is transparent, and the viewer can see the distant mountains, clouds, and scrub brush that line the road through his body. The transition from translucence to solidity gives a sense that he is moving away from the viewer.

Caption: May you live long enough to return home

Image Pitch #2

A black and white photo of 3 sea stacks rising up from a light layer of fog that looms over a fretful ocean. The largest sea stack is a gnarled tower-like rock formation that juts up in the background, gray waters form the mid-ground, and a woman stands on the sea stack in the middle of the photo. She wears a long dress which captures the violence of the elements because it is wet and clings to her body in the blowing wind. She is silhouetted in such a way that her race is not definable. The formation is too far out for a person to have swam, especially in stormy weather. The woman is barefoot, and holds a suitcase in one hand and a hat in the other. The image suggests that she is on a journey which has placed her in circumstances in which she may not live long enough to return home. Or, worse yet, she may decide that she lacks the emotional strength to return home and plunge into the storm-tossed ocean.

Caption: May you live long enough to return home

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