LIVE WORKS

1. J. Chester Johnson Is Guest for National Radio Interviews on “Ed Tyll Show” - January 11, 2018

On January 11, J. Chester Johnson appeared as guest for National Radio Interviews on “Ed Tyll Show” of Starcom Radio Network to talk about the status of poetry in the United States, including the relevance of Johnson’s latest books, Auden, the Psalms, and Me and Now And Then: Selected Longer Poems. Also, among the topics covered were the importance of truth in poems, the role of poets in our nation’s arts, and the endurance that poets must exhibit to have their voices heard today. Johnson spent considerable time describing his own journey over many decades following “his own nose” in pursuit of his own muse and voice. Click below to hear the thirty-minute interview.


2. J. Chester Johnson Interviewed on Ed Tyll Show – October 25, 2017

On Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, J. Chester Johnson was interviewed by the nationally syndicated Ed Tyll Show, and this interview was broadcast live nationally over 40 radio stations. The interview focused mainly on Johnson’s book, Auden, the Psalms, and Me, which was published in September, 2017. You can listen by clicking below.


3. Reflection and Reconciliation: The Elaine Race Massacre

J. Chester Johnson returned to the site of the 1919 Elaine Race Massacre, one of the deadliest assaults on African-Americans in our country’s history. The event and its ramifications in Phillips County, Arkansas, where the Massacre actually occurred, were discussed at this presentation. J. Chester Johnson, whose maternal grandfather participated in the Elaine Race Massacre, was joined by Sheila Walker, whose family members, including her great-grandmother and great uncles, were among the victims. Since Sheila and Chester had antecedents representing the two sides of the conflagration, they have, over the last several years, committed to a reconciliation of the inter-racial and generational trauma that has been associated with the massacre.

Video Courtesy of Delta Cultural Center


4. “For Conduct and Innocents”– Multimedia Performance Based on Drama In Verse by J. Chester Johnson

Johnson’s drama in verse, “For Conduct And Innocents,” about the martyr and 20th century theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was presented as a multi-media event (drama, music, dance, film) on Oct. 18, 2015 at Trinity Wall Street with nearly 50 performers participating.
Courtesy of Trinity Wall Street, New York


5. Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. at Trinity Wall Street, January 18th, 2015

J. Chester Johnson gave the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday sermon at Trinity Wall Street on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 11:15AM.
Courtesy of Trinity Wall Street, New York


6. J. Chester Johnson Reading at Kairos Poetry Café, NY, NY

J. Chester Johnson was the featured poet appearing at the Kairos Poetry Café, St. John’s Lutheran Church in the West Village, on Sunday, November 17th, 2013. Johnson read a number of his shorter poems – some older pieces, some new. He introduced each poem with a short comment on the event or salient motif that inspired the creation of the verse.
Courtesy of Kairos Poetry Café


7. September 10, 2011: Ten Years After September 11, 2001

Remembrance and Reconciliation Through Poetry
Seven leading American poets, including J. Chester Johnson, read poems of remembrance and reconciliation on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at Trinity Wall Street, located only a few yards from Ground Zero; the event was sponsored by Poets House and others.
Courtesy of Trinity Wall Street in the City of New York


8. October 28, 2010:  Johnson’s Poetry Reading at the University of Arkansas

Courtesy of Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History


9. A Reading of Selected Poems by J. Chester Johnson

Original poems from his latest book of verse, St. Paul’s Chapel & Selected Shorter Poems.


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NOTABLE

- Book review of Auden, the Psalms, and Me by the international literary journal, The Arkansas International. Click here for the review.

- Book review of Auden, the Psalms, and Me is posted on the website of the Florida Diocese of the Episcopal Church. Click here to read.

- The magazine, Talisman, Recently Reviewed Auden, The Psalms, And Me. Click here for the review.

- Review of J. Chester Johnson Presentation: Literary Matters. Click here for more information.

- American Book Review features poetry of J. Chester Johnson. Click here for details.

- J. Chester Johnson Makes Three Presentations As McMichael Lecturer. Click here for presentations.

- J. Chester Johnson appears as guest for National Radio Interviews on “Ed Tyll Show” of Starcom Radio Network. Click here for interview.

- On Oct. 29th, 2017, J. Chester Johnson read from and discussed his two newest books at Poets House with an introduction and commentary by Cornelius Eady. Click here for audio presentation of the event.

- Video for Auden, the Psalms, and Me authored by J. Chester Johnson. Click here for access.

- J. Chester Johnson Is Interviewed on the Televised ‘In The Arena’ Program. Click here for the interview.

- Upcoming Events for the Two 2017 Books by J. Chester Johnson. Click here for information.

- Distinguished Alumnus J. Chester Johnson Spoke on April 26th & 27th, 2017 at the University of Arkansas. Click here for more information.

- Reflection and Reconciliation: The Elaine Race Massacre – Delta Cultural Center, Helena, Arkansas on Sunday, April 23, 2017 Click here for more information.

- MULTI-MEDIA PERFORMANCE: PERSONA VOICES FROM THE LITERARY WORK, “ELAINE RACE MASSACRE,” WRITTEN BY J. CHESTER JOHNSON Was Held At Trinity Church: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH. Click here for more information.

- J. Chester Johnson Signs "In The Rows". Click here for more information.

- J. Chester Johnson With Display of His Iconic Poem “St. Paul’s Chapel” Click here for more information.

- J. Chester Johnson Reads Poetry at Deborah Danner's Memorial Click here for more information.

- J. Chester Johnson reads his poem, "St. Paul's Chapel," at the Calling of the Names ceremony 15 years after 9/11. Click here for more information.

- J. Chester Johnson is featured in NBC New York article. Click for more information.

- J. Chester Johnson appeared at the Cornelia St. Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, NYC; 6:00PM, Sunday, June 26th. Click for more information.

- Based on multiple requests, the serialized article, Evanescence: The Elaine Race Massacre, published in Green Mountains Review, is being reposted. Click here to access the composite, complete article.

- J. Chester Johnson read his poetry at the main NYU bookstore, 8th St./Broadway, in New York, 6:00PM, Thursday, April 14. Click for more information.

- Appearance at Heavenly Rest Episcopal Church, 90th and Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, NYC, on Thursday, Feb. 25th, at 6:30PM. For more information, click to blog.

- Moderator for reading/discussion by Reginald Dwayne Betts at Trinity Wall Street, Parish Center, 2 Rector Street, NYC, on Sunday, Feb. 21st, 2016. Click here for commentary on Betts’ poetry by J. Chester Johnson.

- Presentation at 9/11 Tribute Center (Ground Zero in New York City), Tuesday, December 15, 2015 (click here for photos and more information)

- “For Conduct and Innocents” A Multimedia Performance, Based On The Drama In Verse By J. Chester Johnson (click for more information, performance and text)
Took place on October 18, 2015 at Trinity Church, New York, NY

- Posted on The Best American Poetry Blog – "Working with W. H. Auden: Illuminating Interview with J. Chester Johnson in ILLUMINATIONS"

- J. Chester Johnson interview in ILLUMINATIONS Magazine (click for more information and interview)

- Lecture on Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Theologian and Martyr (click for more information and written remarks)
Took place at Trinity Wall Street, Broadway and Wall, NYC, Sunday, June 14, 2015

- Ricks On Dylan (Bob, Not Thomas), published in Literary Matters (click for more information and full article)

- Click for info, written remarks and audio of "Poetry: Uniting Commerce and Verse to Enhance Life and Work"
Panel discussion 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. (click for more information and full article)

- Article in THE EPISCOPAL NEW YORKER (click for more information and full article)
“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.


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