About the Author

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Retired from the University of Michigan, Coralie Cederna Johnson is an author, a playwright, and a teacher of Women and Gender Studies at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI. She holds a BA in Human Resource Management from Concordia University and a Masters in Women’s Studies from EMU.

Coralie teaches Memoir Writing for the Write Your Life Writers’ Group for the Crouch Center of Jackson, MI, The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Writers of all levels of experience are welcome to attend.

Her plays have been produced on professional stages: Pigeons in the Park at Performance Network, Ann Arbor, MI and BEES at Boarshead theater, Lansing, MI, and for the Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association (MIFA) One-Act Competition of 2014 by Chelsea High school.

Coralie is also the author of memoirs, The Wishing Years (1995), A Tree Grows in Trout Creek (2007), and Laughing Waters (2015). A new memoir, Seasons of Love and Laughter, will be published in 2017.

She has also authored two books for women, Sacrificial Offerings and Red Dress Diaries, both in 2013.

Sacrificial Offerings is based on real women in history and their religions:

Visionaries who pioneered new pathways for women to chose religious freedom.

Victims who were persecuted for religious beliefs.

Victors who defied danger and dedicated their lives to powerful personal missions.

Red Dress Diaries is a collection of monologues and ensemble pieces for and about women, which include pivotal moments in the lives of women as they deal with issues such as eating disorders, homophobia, racism, acts of violence including bullying, sexual abuse, and rape.

Red Dress Diaries has been presented as a staged reading at the 4thWall in Jackson, MI (2013) and was also chosen for the MIFA One-Act Competition selection of 2014 by Chelsea High School.