Johanna Aitchison was born in the Bay of Islands in 1972. She graduated in Law from the University of Otago (1995) and has worked as a solicitor, barista and legal editor. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University (1997) and is presently a primary school teacher in Wellington. Her poems have appeared in Sport, Landfall, Poetry New Zealand, JAAM, Turbine and Polestar.
A Long Girl Ago, her first collection of poetry, was launched at the International Institute of Modern Letters by American poet Dora Malech on 29 September 2007. It was shortlisted for the 2008 Montana New Zealand Book Awards poetry prize.