When I started writing, I wrote under my everyday name. At first, I felt excited just to see my name in print. Later though, I found you couldn’t distinguish me from every other writer with the exact same name. So you may follow these links and find me listed as Andy Johnson, or Andrew Johnson, or ulitave, or whatever I called myself at the time. It’s all me, promise.


The Through. Jaded Ibis Press.

Unofficial: Days of Trump.

The Boy Who Climbed His Mother Into Heaven and Gena Child. Spacecraft Project.

Wince: George and Trayvon. Lunch Ticket.

Bell and Cut Mary Somewhere in the Sugarcane. African American Review.

Sweet Smell of Success. Liver of Dixie: Stories from Egan’s. 

Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa.” My tribute to the South’s strangest town.

Race and the Avatar. Tuscaloosa Runs This: An Anthology of Tuscaloosa Writers. 

Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse. The blog that made me internet famous.



Black Market Reads Ep. 34. 

Loft Literary Center podcast (forthcoming).


Press Articles

Ten Days Free from Violence. 

‘The Through’ is a magical read infused with the idea of Africa. Twin Cities Pioneer Press, July 1, 2018.

Johnson’s first novel is finalist for the MN Book Award. Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Minnesota Book Awards finalists announced. Twin Cities Pioneer Press, January 27, 2018. 

Minnesota Book Award Finalists Include Bao Phi, Louise Erdrich, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Steve Sack. Star Tribune, January 27, 2018.

A. Rafael Johnson: The TNB Self-Interview. The Nervous Breakdown, November 28, 2017.

Twin Cities writers join nationwide ‘literary protests’ against Trump. Star Tribune, January 15, 2017.

Pink Box Burlesque, local writers to pair again with Pen Is Mighter showcase in Tuscaloosa. March 25, 2015.

On the Legacy of Maya Angelou. WVUA. May 2014.

Pink Box Burlesque teams up with local writers. March 14, 2014