Posts from June 2015

June 26, 2015

J. Chester Johnson interview in ILLUMINATIONS Magazine

When the Episcopal Church set about updating its Book of Common Prayer nearly 50 years ago, its committee to retranslate the Psalms faced a daunting task. Not only did it have to re-translate the Psalms, considered by many the "poetry" of the Bible, but it was losing its one poet on the committee who was moving back to England. It's hard to imagine anyone filling the shoes of W.H. Auden, but the young poet and translator J. Chester Johnson did just that.

In the current issue of Illuminations, J. Chester Johnson reflects on that experience--how he came to replace Auden, correspond with the great poet, and then set about helping the Episcopal Church refine the Psalms in the light of new scholarship. Poet and translator Ann Cefola interviews Johnson about the influence this experience with Auden and the retranslation of the Psalms had upon Johnson's literary career; she also discusses with Johnson the principles and practices that guided the retranslation process that lasted for nearly a decade. The interview encapsulates a critical period in Episcopal Church history and valuable insight into translating sacred texts.

Illuminations, the literary journal of the College of Charleston, has published poets such as Seamus Heaney, Stephen Spender and Carol Anne Duffy, as well as emerging writers, since its inception in 1982. (Click here to read the interview.)

– From press release by Ann Cefola


Things Not Seen – Conversations About Culture and Faith a Podcast with J. Chester Johnson

Poem by J. Chester Johnson Embedded in James DeWoody Art for the Darlington Hall Exhibition at The Church of the Heavenly Rest, NYC

J. Chester Johnson Presented At The Troubadour And At Grosvenor Chapel.

J. Chester Johnson Presents on Auden, the Psalms, and Me in London and in Oxford

A Review of Auden, the Psalms, and Me – Posted On The Florida Diocese of the Episcopal Church Website

The Magazine, Talisman, Recently Reviewed Auden, The Psalms, And Me.

Review of Presentation by J. Chester Johnson on His Two Recent Books, Now And Then: Selected Longer Poems and Auden, the Psalms, and Me, held at The Culture Center, NYC

American Book Review Features Poetry of J. Chester Johnson

J. Chester Johnson Makes Three Presentations As McMichael Lecturer – Fayetteville, Arkansas

J. Chester Johnson Is Guest for National Radio Interviews on “Ed Tyll Show” - 1/11/18

J. Chester Johnson Presenting His Two Newest Books at Poet's House

Video for Auden, the Psalms, and Me authored by J. Chester Johnson

J. Chester Johnson Interviewed on the Televised ‘In The Arena’ Program

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Distinguished Alumnus J. Chester Johnson spoke on April 26th & 27th, 2017 at the University of Arkansas


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