Julie Hensley grew up on a sheep farm in the Shenandoah Valley. She holds an MA in English from Kansas State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. Her stories and poems have appeared in many journals, including Blackbird, Hayden's Ferry Review, Indiana Review, PoemMemoirStory, and Quarterly West.
A member of the core faculty in the Bluegrass Writers Studio (Eastern Kentucky University), she lives in Richmond, Kentucky with her husband, the writer R Dean Johnson, their two children, a dog and a cat.
Puschcart Prize Nomination for the story, "Landfall" (published in Hayden's Ferry Review)
Winner of the Everett Southwest Literature Award for the short story manuscript, Landfall
Winner of the Southern Women Writers Emerging Voice Award (2009, Poetry)
Winner of the Southern Women Writers Emerging Voice Award (2005, Fiction)