Allan Johnston

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General Information

Name: Allan Johnston

Pen Name: None

Genres: Poetry

Born: in La Jolla, California


Website: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/allan-johnston

Email: ajohnston@colum.edu



Illinois Connection

Johnston lives in Evanston, Illinois and currently teaches writing and literature at DePaul University and Columbia College - both in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Johnston has worked as a forest fire fighter, cook, musician, photographer, shake splitter, and roofer, among other occupations. He did his undergraduate studies in English at California State University, Northridge, and holds a Master's in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in American Literature, both from the University of California, Davis. Johnston has also done extensive course work in Education. He now teaches writing and literature in Chicago at DePaul University and Columbia College. He has been teaching at Columbia since 1998.

As a poet, one of Johnston's passions has been to record impressions of wild areas such as the woods of eastern Washington and the Sierra Nevada. These efforts have resulted in three sequences: Northport,published by Finishing Line Press in 2010; Return, an eleven-poem sequence detailing a journey from Phoenix, Arizona, to Desolation Wilderness, and Range of Light. Poems from these sequences have appeared in Rhino, Weber Studies, Softblow, Jabberwock Review, Quarterly Review of Literature-Singapore, Poetry Midwest, and Art and Academe.

Johnston has received a fellowship in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council, and has published one book of poems - Tasks of Survival — two chapbooks (Northport and Departures), and had work appear in Poetry, Poetry East, Midwest Quarterly, California Quarterly, and over fifty other journals. Besides writing poetry, Dr. Johnston writes about the relations between poetry and environmentalism, including studies of Robinson Jeffers, Kenneth Rexroth, and Gary Snyder that have appeared in ISLE, AUMLA, and the book Writing as Enlightenment, a volume on Buddhism in American culture from SUNY Press. His long poem Sable, on the life of Phillis Wheatley, told in her voice, was recently published in the Seattle Review.

Johnston has published several scholarly articles in the areas of literary criticism and educational theory. He has served as president, vice president, and secretary of the Society for Philosophical Study of Education, and works on the editorial board of the online journal SPSE Roundtable. He is also co-editor of the Journal for the Philosophical Study of Education (JPSE). He serves as a reader of poetry for Word River and as a judge for the Illinois Center for the Book's Illinois Emerging Writers Competition - Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award.

Published Works

Tasks of Survival, Mellen Poetry Press, 1996

Northport, Finishing Line Press, 2010

Departures, Finishing Line Press, 2013

Contingencies, Finishing Line Press, 2015

Titles at Your Library

Tasks of Survival: Poems 1970-1990

ISBN: 0773400346
Release Date: 1996-01

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Northport

ISBN: 1599245469
Release Date: 2010

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Departures

ISBN: 1622292677
Release Date: 2013

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Literary Awards

Illinois Arts Council Finalist Fellowship, 1999

Pushcart Prize nomination, 2009

First Prize in the Outrider Press Literary Anthology Poetry Contest, 2010

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Allan Johnston on WorldCat

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