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J. Chester Johnson Signs “In The Rows”

J. Chester Johnson signs his ‘In The Rows’, a poem displayed as part of the celebration for Rev. Canon James G. Callaway, who served for over 34 years on the clergy staff of Trinity Church, located at Wall Street and Broadway in lower Manhattan in New York City. – Photo by Elizabeth Powell


J. Chester Johnson With Display of His Iconic Poem “St. Paul’s Chapel”

J. Chester Johnson stands beside the all-weather display of his iconic poem, "St. Paul's Chapel," that has been the memento card since 2002 at the Chapel, located in downtown Manhattan, which survived the 9/11 attacks.


J. Chester Johnson Reads Poetry at Deborah Danner’s Memorial

On November 3rd, 2016 at the memorial service for the poet Deborah Danner, the African-American woman who was shot and killed in her apartment by New York City police on Tuesday, October 18th, J. Chester Johnson recited pieces of Ms. Danner's verse.


J. Chester Johnson Reads His Poem, “St. Paul’s Chapel,” at the Calling of the Names Ceremony

J. Chester Johnson reads his poem, "St. Paul's Chapel," at the Calling of the Names ceremony 15 years after 9/11. Photo Credit: Nina Roberts


J. Chester Johnson read as part of “FOUR WAY BOOKS AND FRIENDS” Program at NYU Bookstore

J. Chester Johnson reads his poetry in the "Four Way Books And Friends" program at the main NYU bookstore in New York City.


Pew from St. Paul’s Chapel at 9/11 Tribute Center

J. Chester Johnson and his wife, Freda, stand beside several of his quotes, associated with the installation of a pew from St. Paul’s Chapel into the 9/11 Tribute Center – both the pew and the quotes have been made part of the Tribute Center at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan in New York City.


J. Chester Johnson at the main entrance to Lambeth Palace, London, England

J. Chester Johnson at the main entrance to Lambeth Palace, London, England, where Thomas Cranmer is said to have compiled the first BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER in 1549. J. Chester Johnson was one of two poets (the other being W. H. Auden) on the drafting committee for the retranslation of the Psalms, contained in the current version of the BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, issued by the Episcopal Church (USA).


Poetry: Uniting Commerce and Verse to Enhance Life and Work

The Senior Committee of the Harvard Business School Club of New York held a discussion with a distinguished panel of business people who have included poetry in their lives, discussing how poetry forms the foundation for their success and how it has enhanced their lives and business careers. It took place on March 4, 2015 at Poets House. Speakers included (listen to audio): Lee Briccetti, Kate Cheney Chappell, J. Chester Johnson and Bruce McEver. To read more about this event or its speakers visit the HBSCNY web site.


Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with a sermon at Trinity Wall Street, January 18th, 2015

J. Chester Johnson gave the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday sermon at Trinity Wall Street (view video) in lower Manhattan on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 11:15AM; previous MLK birthday speakers at Trinity have included Andrew Young, Jesse Jackson, among others.


Elaine Race Massacre Symposium - The Reconciliation Journey

A packed-house symposium on the Elaine Race Massacre, which occurred in the fall of 1919 on the Arkansas side of the Mississippi River Delta and in which more than hundred (and possibly hundreds of) African-Americans were killed, was held at St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City on September 20, 2014. Subsequently, an article entitled, “After Sins of the Fathers, Steps Toward Reconciliation,” was written by Lynn Goswick, associate editor of Trinity Wall Street, and published in THE EPISCOPAL NEW YORKER, fall 2014; the article describes, among other matters, the reconciliation journey that J. Chester Johnson, whose grandfather, Lonnie, joined in the Massacre, and Sheila Walker, whose great-uncles were victims, have taken together to dispel any remnants of adverse human and spiritual consequences from the racial conflagration. The article appears on page 21 of THE EPISCOPAL NEW YORKER.


Illuminations, June 2015

An extensive interview was conducted of J. Chester Johnson by the poet and translator, Ann Cefola; the interview was published in its entirety in the June, 2015 edition of the literary journal, ILLUMINATIONS.
(See further details on my Blog.)


Symposium on The Elaine Race Massacre: The Racial Conflagration That Changed American History

Symposium on The Elaine Race Massacre: The Racial Conflagration That Changed American History
Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 2:00pm-4:00pm at St. Paul's Chapel (See details on Blog)
In the fall of 1919, a brutal race massacre occurred on the Arkansas side of the Mississippi River delta, constituting perhaps the most deadly race massacre in the nation’s history, but also resulting in a Supreme Court decision in 1923 that provided legal underpinnings for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The symposium will examine both the massacre and its aftermath.


John Fuller and J. Chester Johnson at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England.

John Fuller and J. Chester Johnson at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England. John Fuller, English poet and author, is also Fellow Emeritus at Magdalen College, Oxford University.


Anne-Marie Fyfe & J. Chester Johnson at Troubadour Cafe

Anne-Marie Fyfe and J. Chester Johnson outside the Troubadour in London. Born in Cushendall in the Glens of Antrim and now living in West London, the poet Anne-Marie Fyfe is the former chair of the Poetry Society (2006-2009); she founded and has run for seventeen years Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour.


“In The Rows”: A Poetic Tribute

(Click here to read full poem.)
"In The Rows":, A Poetic Tribute written by J. Chester Johnson to a friend, as it appears in the program employed for the ceremonial celebration of the friend’s thirty-four years of service as an Episcopal priest at Trinity Wall Street, the venerable, iconic church located in lower Manhattan in New York City.


Coffee Hour Forum

A MASSACRE IN ARKANSAS – Facing Love and History with J. Chester Johnson, February 16, 2014


Cave Canem Event

J. Chester Johnson and Freda with the poet Cornelius Eady and his wife, the novelist Sarah Micklem, at a Cave Canem event.


Book Launch at St. Paul’s Chapel

Edward Mendelson, literary executor and principal biographer for W. H. Auden and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, who wrote the introduction for St. Paul’s Chapel & Selected Shorter Poems, speaks about the book at its launch held in St. Paul’s Chapel, New York City.


Book Launch Party

At David Lehman’s book launch party on November 6, 2013 for his New and Selected Poems, this picture includes, among others, the poets: Vijay Seshadri, Tina Chang, Larry Joseph, David Lehman, and J. Chester Johnson. Photo © by Star Black.


President Bill Clinton’s 2nd Inaugural

Miller Williams, well-known poet who read at President Bill Clinton’s second inaugural, and J. Chester Johnson at a joint reading held in October, 2010 (Fayetteville, Arkansas).


Black History Month Event, Metuchen, NJ

Freda and J. Chester Johnson with the theologian, Barbara C. Crafton, and her husband, Q, after Chester spoke on the Elaine, Arkansas Race Massacre at a Black History Month event in Metuchen, New Jersey.


Poets and Readers for the St. Paul’s Chapel Poetry Festival

Poets and Readers for the St. Paul’s Chapel Poetry Festival, January 27, 2013, Organized by J. Chester Johnson; photo by Karlene Gordon.


In Paris with the writer and activist, Frank Romano.

J. Chester Johnson and Freda Johnson in Paris with the writer and activist, Frank Romano.


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NOTABLE

- J. Chester Johnson to Present His Two 2017 Books at Poets House, Sunday, October 29th, 2017 Click here for more 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.

- 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
Held on Saturday, September 20th, 2014, at St. Paul's Chapel, New York, NY (See details on Blog)

- "In The Rows": A Poetic Tribute

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

- Johnson Was Featured Poet at Kairos Poetry Café – November 17, 2013
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