Growing Up Is Not an Option: Poems and Short Stories about Life’s Inevitable Changes

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In writing her poems and short stories, Jimmie draws from culture, upbringing, and relatable life experiences to eloquently describe the inevitability of growing up and all that comes with it—curiosity, love, devastation, loss, joy, and so much more. It is through colorful chronicles that Growing Up Is Not an Option entertains, raises questions, and affirms that aging is one of life’s uncontrollable certainties.


More about the Author:

Jimmie Miller Johnson is a graduate from the University of Nebraska‑Omaha, with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Education from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Curriculum/Evaluation. She earned a Reading Specialist Certificate from San Diego State University and an Instructional Leadership Certificate from Sacramento State University. Additionally, she is a University of California‑Davis A3WP Writing Fellow, and a Sacramento State University California Literature Project Fellow.

Jimmie is an educator whose career extends over a period of thirty-nine years and crosses three continents. She taught Reading and Language Arts to students in grades kindergarten through eight from Nebraska to Arizona and California. She has taught English as a second language to children and adults in California and Nebraska. 

To fulfill a dream of traveling and working abroad, Jimmie left her Staff Development Specialist position at Sacramento Unified School District to teach in the Department of Defense Schools. Her first stop was Okinawa, Japan, and later she moved to Ramstein, Germany, to teach before retiring from a career that was both fulfilling and rewarding.

Her love for both reading and writing began as a child and have continued throughout her life as an adult. She is a wife, a mother, and a published poet. Presently she works as a consultant. She is married to her husband of forty-four years, Eugene, and they have one daughter, Joi.