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 three-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 poetry reviewer and night editor for the Home News Tribune in East Brunswick, New Jersey. He conducts weekly poetry workshops for the Middlesex County Youth Shelter in North Brunswick, NJ, and 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 Second Language Department.