Charles H. Johnson -- Biography




.... Charles was a 2014 Newark, New Jersey, NJPAC main stage reader with poets Yusef Komunyakaa, Brian Turner and Marilyn Nelson for the program "Another Kind of Courage." He is a 2013 second-place winner of the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards and the 2011 County College Morris (NJ) New Jersey Poets Prize winner. His third collection "Smoke Signals" received a 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize for Literary Excellence for previous winners of that contest. He was a first-place winner of the 1998 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. He is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and his work has appeared in a variety of literary journals and newspapers, including the Paterson Literary Review, Rockhurst Review, Connecticut Review and The New York Times.

A former 1st (Air) Cavalry Division infantry lieutenant who fought in the Vietnam War, Johnson is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation poet and was poetry reviewer and night editor for the Home News Tribune in East Brunswick, NJ. He is the poetry instructor for the Monmouth County (NJ) and Middlesex County (NJ) Arts High Schools. For 14 years he conducted weekly poetry workshops for the Middlesex County Youth Shelter in North Brunswick, NJ, and has been poetry editor for the literary e-zine "Identity Theory." He also leads monthly workshops for the Paterson, NJ, school district. In the summer of 2003, he was lead poet for the Paterson's Immigrant Poetry Project run by the district's English as a Second Language Department.