britt-johnsen-photoMy name is Britt Johnsen. I’m a Minnesota native, lifelong writer and multidisciplinary creator.

I’m currently a content editor for a marketing and public relations agency in downtown Minneapolis, where I do everything from content writing and editing (think blogs, website copy, press releases and more) to video creation and newsletter making.

When I’m not working, I can be found writing and reading at home or in coffee shops. I am currently working on my first book of poetry; I have been in love with the genre for more than 20 years.

I spent more than a decade of my career as a journalist, which was exciting. I covered court trials, legislative sessions, business layoffs, flooding and conducted investigations. I’ve also gotten a chance to write about characters ranging from eclectic economists to Austrian restaurateurs. My favorite stories, though, were always about people who endured and rose above some of the most difficult circumstances — including tragic deaths, financial setbacks and illness.

My writing has appeared in the Pioneer Press, Star Tribune, Yahoo Finance and nytimes.com. I’ve won more than a dozen awards and honors from the Associated Press, National Society of Professional Journalists and the New York Times Company Foundation, among other organizations. To read a more detailed list about my accomplishments and positions, please meet me on LinkedIn.

In my free time, I pursue an eclectic mix of interests. I am certified in Reiki energy healing and I’m a certified yoga teacher who has taught at several studios around the Twin Cities. I also love music (for two years I played the washboard in a jug band with my friend and mentor David Hanners; now I maintain his music website that I created). I can be found cheering on my friends who play with North Star Roller Derby teams. I’m also obsessed with my cats Kylee, a 16-pound boy who is so sweet and cuddly, and Mittens, a polydactyl girl with a particular taste in humans.