Dr Miriam J Johnson

Senior Lecturer in Publishing; Subject Coordinator for the MA in Publishing Media and the MA in Digital Publishing. 

You can keep up with Miriam’s work and projects on her site Booksaresocial.com and follow her at @MiriamJ801

Personal Profile

Academic History

  • BA English, Auburn University
  • MA Creative Writing, Loughborough University 
  • MA Publishing, Oxford Brookes University
  • PhD Creative Writing, University of Edinburgh
  • PhD Publishing – ongoing, Oxford Brookes University 

Undergraduate Teaching

U65022 Publishing Sales and Marketing

Postgraduate Teaching

P65027 International Rights Management


Miriam’s professional career includes work as a second hand and collectible bookseller, founder of The Istanbul Review, and in working with Scottish PEN and Scottish Book Trust, as well as developing an immersive literature project in Edinburgh in conjunction with The Bridge Awards and Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature (echoesofthecity.com).

Her academic research blurs the lines between creative writing and publishing in digitally social settings. She is currently researching the relationship between social media platforms, the writers and communities they produce, and the traditional publishing industry – including the roles of gender, genre, and the power dynamics involved. 

In her PhD at Edinburgh, she specialised in poetry and role of rap music in modern poetic rhythms.  

Her current research interests look more closely at the place where social media and the publishing industry come together. Including how these new outlets give rise to new types of authors, the role of community, and the issues of gender and power that hover just under the surface in both the traditional publishing industry and within the communities in digital settings.

Books and other publications


‘Runaway Rhythm’ [Chapter], in New Ideas for the Writing Arts; Practice, Culture, Literature, 2013.

Journal Articles

What is a book? Redefining the Book in the Digitally Social Age. In Publishing Research Quarterly. 35(1), 68-78. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12109-018-9622-z.

Digitally-Social Genre Fiction: citizen authors and the changing power dynamics of writing in digital, social spaces. In Textual Practice. August, 2018.

The Rise of the Citizen Author: Writing Within Social Media. In Publishing Research Quarterly. June 2017, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 131–146.