Charles H. Johnson -- Biography





.... A graduate of Rutgers University, Charles H. Johnson is a 2013 second place winner of the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards for his poem “Sunday Comics.” The 2011 New Jersey Poetry Prize winner for his poem “Leaving,” his third poetry collection, “Smoke Signals,” was awarded a 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize for Literary Excellence for previous finalists of the Paterson Poetry Prize. A first-place winner of the 1998 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, he has been the poetry editor of the online literary magazine Identity Theory. He is the poetry instructor for the Middlesex and Monmouth counties (N.J.) arts high schools and the Middlesex County (N.J.) Youth Shelter, and a visiting poet for the Paterson (N.J.) school system. A Vietnam War veteran and retired newspaper editor, he also is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet in the Schools. He lives in Hillsborough, N.J., with his wife Lainey.