Individual Author Record
Name: Charles JohnsonPen Name: Genre: C:ADULT Born: 1948 in Evanston, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionCharles was born in Evanston and he attended Southern Illinois University.
Biographical and Professional InformationA writer, scholar and cartoonist, Johnson received his B.S. and M.A. from Southern Illinois University in 1971 and 1973 and his Ph.D. in philosophy from SUNY-Stony Brook in 1988.Recently retired, Johnson was the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Endowed Professor of English at the University of Washington. While there, he also was the former director of the creative writing program at the University of Washington. He also served as fiction editor for the ''Seattle Review'' from l978-98.In his novels, ''Dreamer'' and ''Middle Passage'', Johnson directly addressed the issues of black life in America.Johnson sponsors the ''Marie Clair Davis Award in Creative Writing'', given to a secondary student at Evanston Township High School, and the ''Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award'', a national contest, at Southern Illinois University.
*''Black Humor'', 1970*''Half-Past Nation Time'', 1972*''Faith and The Good Thing'', Viking, 1974*''Oxherding Tale'', Indiana University Press, 1982*''The Sorcerer's Apprentice'', 1986*''Being and Race: Black Writing Since 1970'', 1988*''Middle Passage'', Macmillan, 1990*''Dreamer'', Scribner, 1998*''Africans in America: America's Journey through Slavery'', l998, co-authored with Patricia Smith*''King: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.'', Viking Studio, 2000, co-authored with Bob Adelman*''Soulcatcher and Other Stories'', 2001*''Turning the Wheel'', 2003*''Dr. King's Refrigerator: And Other Bedtime Stories'', 2005