“His poems are of plain speak and verbal music, of erudition and common sense. They are learned poems, but they are also accessible. And, most of all, they are deeply felt.”
Davis McCombs

“Undoubtedly, this is a work
headed for literary permanence
in our collective ear.”
Major Jackson

For the more than forty years J. Chester Johnson has written verse, his work received praise from writers and poets spanning several decades – from, among others, Allen Tate and Nobel Laureate I. B. Singer to current, well-known poets, such as Molly Peacock and Major Jackson.


NOW AND THEN

(In Manuscript Form)


“The scope of NOW AND THEN is epic. It provides its readers with the same amplitude of intelligence, passion and formal achievement as our great American epics – Melville’s MOBY DICK, Whitman’s LEAVES OF GRASS, and Ginsberg’s FALL OF AMERICA. It is a book of fierce spiritual and moral witness, energy and power.”
Lawrence Joseph

NOTABLE

- Ricks On Dylan (Bob, Not Thomas), published in Literary Matters

- Click for info on "Poetry: Uniting Commerce and Verse to Enhance Life and Work"
Panel discussion was held on March 4th at Poets House, NY, NY sponsored by the Senior Committee of the Harvard Business School Club of New York

- Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with a sermon at Trinity Wall Street, January 18th, 2015
Click on link above to watch video. Provided by Trinity Wall Street.

- “Auden: Defender at Dusk,” published by Green Mountains Review in late 2014

- Article in THE EPISCOPAL NEW YORKER
Page 21: “After Sins of the Fathers, Steps Toward Reconciliation,” written by Lynn Goswick

- Upcoming: J. Chester Johnson will be interviewed by Ann Cefola
in the June, 2015 edition of the literary journal, Illuminations.

- Downtown Panel Will Tackle Legacy of One of Nation's Deadliest Race Riots
By Irene Plagianos on DNAinfo New York

- Symposium on The Elaine Race Massacre: The Racial Conflagration That Changed American History
Took place on Saturday, September 20th, 2014, at St. Paul's Chapel (See details on Blog)

- "In The Rows": A Poetic Tribute

- A Massacre in Arkansas: Facing Love and History
Published on Best American Poetry Blog

- Featured Poet at Kairos Poetry Café, 11/17/13
St. John's Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher Street, New York, NY

- Mogadishu and Verse
Tom Sleigh at the Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center. Article Published in Literary Matters

- Becoming and Unbecoming Henri Faust, Part I
A four-part series of articles published on Best American Poetry Blog

- Becoming and Unbecoming Henri Faust, Part II

- Becoming and Unbecoming Henri Faust, Part III

- Becoming and Unbecoming Henri Faust, Part IV

- If One Note Is Missing: C. D. Wright’s One With Others
Published in Literary Matters

- Evanescence: The Elaine Race Massacre
Appeared on Green Mountains Review in four installments.

- On Working With W. H. Auden On The Psalms
One of six articles which recently appeared on Best American Poetry Blog.

- Auden On Prayer Book Revision: No More Mr. Nice Guy?
One of six articles which recently appeared on Best American Poetry Blog.

- Writing Verse About 9/11
One of six articles which recently appeared on Best American Poetry Blog.

- The Double Life For Poets
One of six articles which recently appeared on Best American Poetry Blog.

- Return Of The Epic
Published on Best American Poetry Blog.

- A Case For Elastic Rhyme
Published on Best American Poetry Blog.