About

This is me (front center, in pink) goofing around with some friends in August 2019.

My name is Britt Johnsen. I’m a Minnesota native, a professional writer and a multidisciplinary creator.

I have an eclectic professional creative background that spans genres. I have written crime, education, business, features and investigative stories for various Minnesota newspapers. I’ve worked as an editor for both a women’s lifestyle magazine and a group of national auto publications. For three years I did marketing and public relations for a yoga studio. I spent a year at an advertising agency in Minneapolis, where I drafted press releases and created videos and social posts for a variety of companies and industries, ranging from healthcare to retail to commercial real estate to nonprofits. I currently work in agriculture marketing. My new passion projects are a healing arts blog called Home Studio and poetry writing. I also created and currently maintain the website for my friend, musician and Pulitzer-winning reporter David Hanners.

I used to feel like a misfit because I’m interested in so many topics. Often the world wants to make sense of people by putting them in boxes, but I’ve never neatly fit into one category. For a long time I cursed my curiosity, but more and more, I see my wide-ranging interests as a strength, especially when many modern writers are called to wear a lot of hats if we are lucky enough to find work in our fields. And as it turns out, a lot of us are just wired this way.

I’m humbled by the recognition I’ve received in my career. My work 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 formal and detailed list about my accomplishments and positions, please meet me on LinkedIn.

Thanks for stopping by! If you want to get in touch, here’s my contact info.