Leanne Johnson

Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology


BA, MPub


Leanne Johnson is a text-based artist, editor, publisher, and educator. 

She began her publishing career writing for Kinesis (Canada’s only national feminist magazine in its time). She went on to co-direct/curate the Publication program at the Western Front Society, which produced FRONT Magazine. She was a director of the Magazine Association of BC, and worked as a publishing consultant to the Banff Centre Press.

Leanne has a BA in English Literature from the University of Alberta and a Master of Publishing from Simon Fraser University. She teaches PUB 600: Topics in Publishing Management in SFU’s Master of Publishing program and PUB 375: Magazine Publishing in the Minor of Publishing program.

Published under “leannej,” her work has been described as “hovering between writing and conceptual art,” and has been displayed in galleries, online, magazines, and books. Her books include Long-Range Forecast Variable (2002), Re-reading the Riot Act (2011), Staying Beauty (2013), and Monument (2014). Her most recent texts explore the form of animated and interactive digital narratives.

Research Interests


Monument (2014) 

Staying Beauty (2013) 

Re-reading the Riot Act (2011) 

Long-Range Forecast Variable (2002)

The Conference: To Remember Animals