Charles H. Johnson -- Biography
||....||Charles H. Johnson is the 2011 New Jersey Poets 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 Middlesex and Monmouth counties (N.J.) arts high school poetry instructor,
Charles won a 2007 Paterson Poetry Prize
Award for Literary Excellence for his collection "Sam's Place." A 2004 Paterson Poetry Prize
finalist for his book, "Tunnel Vision," he was a first-place winner of the 1998 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards
and has had poetry published in a variety of literary journals and newspapers. He has been poetry editor for the online literary magazine
Identity Theory and was poetry reviewer for the Home News Tribune.
A former 1st Cavalry Division (airmobile) infantry lieutenant platoon leader in the Vietnam War in 1970-71, Johnson is a graduate of Rutgers College in New Brunswick, N.J. He is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet in the Schools and conducts weekly poetry workshops for the Middlesex County (N.J.) Youth Shelter and monthly workshops for the Paterson, N.J., school system. He is a retired newspaper editor and lives with his wife Lainey in Hillsborough, N.J.