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Gordon Lee Johnson

Gordon Lee Johnson is Cahuilla/Cupeno and lives on the Pala Indian Reservation in San Diego County, Southern California. He studied liberal arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and journalism in the Summer Program for Minority Journalists at UC Berkeley. He earned a bachelor's degree in creative writing at Vermont College in Montepellier, VT, specializing in American Indian fiction. He went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. He is currently enrolled in an MFA program in screenwriting at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and recently served as Indigenous Writer in Residence at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. A former newspaperman, he was as a columnist and feature writer for the Press-Enterprise, editor of The Californian, and reporter for the Associated Press in Los Angeles. Two books, "Rez Dogs Eat Beans" and "Fast Cars and Frybread," consisted of columns written for the Press-Enterprise. "Rez Dogs" was translated and published in the Czech Republic. His latest book, "Bird Songs Don't Lie," is a blend of Native American fiction and nonfiction, a compilation of essays and short stories.