Jerry T. Johnson, Featured

Jerry T. Johnson, Poet

will be featuring at:

Rick Eckerle’s Tue Night Live “Undead”

Lady Stardust

25 Ave. A & E. 2nd Street

East Village

New York, NY

Tuesday Night, January 21st

7pm – midnight (Music & Poetry see schedule below)

21+

Open Mic

No Cover

2 Drink Minimum – alcohol or non/alcohol

Donation Bucket passed – $2 or more

Schedule and Link to FB Event Page:

7:30-8:30.. Open Mic

8:30 ArchAngels

9:10..Feature Poet Jerry Johnson

9:30. Feature Songwriter Gary Van Miert

10:15 Feature Poet Prince McNally

10:30 Paul Jay

11pm Jeff Dennis

11:30 ArchAngels & ” Alphabet City Limits” Flyin Finale Squad ..

https://facebook.com/events/s/tues-nite-live-undead/516953228928807/?ti=icl

Day #42

Day #42

On January 7th, I decided to spend 50 days working on my next chapbook. Today is day #42. I have written 5 new poems since I started this journey.

I pause to remember when I picked up the pen. It was the summer of 1992 when I decided to write for public consumption. I’d always written for myself but after a few writing classes I started looking towards submitting my work. My first poem was published in the fall of 1992. Shortly afterwards, I stopped writing. I was promoted at my day job and took on a 100% travel assignment. I lived on the road, traveling from city to city, sleeping in hotel after hotel all across the USA.

It wasn’t long after that when I found myself living and traveling overseas for nearly 6 years. I came back to the USA, focused on family, raising 2 wonderful little girls and concentrating on my day job career.

In the Spring of 2013, I was home alone. My wife was traveling, the children grown and gone. I was watching a television show, “Elementary”, and the subject matter of that night’s episode’s caught my attention, my thoughts churned, I looked at the junk mail envelopes laying on the floor. ( I normally go through junk mail while watching TV)

I found a pen, picked up the junk mail envelopes and started writing on them. I wrote for 2 hours that night and that is when it all started again. I’ve been writing ever since.

The Next Fifty Days

The Next Fifty Days

Over the course of the next fifty days I will be working on a new chapbook. Initially, I’d planned on relaunching my first chapbook. My thoughts are leaning towards an entirely different approach now. The chapbook will not be a relaunch. I will focus on writing a new chapbook.

The chapbook will contain:

—poems published by other journals -poems whose rights have returned to me.

—poems which I call “people’s favorites “- poems not published but enjoyed at a variety of public poetry events as well as liked in my website/blog.

—new poems newly written and material already written but never shared

Finally, I may add a personal essay or two. Wish me well as I embark upon this journey. I will post updates periodically.

Many Thanks and Much Appreciation!!!

Many Thanks and Much Appreciation!!!

The Poets, Writers and Storytellers Stage at the 2019 Norwalk Art Festival was a huge success! Indeed it was an extravaganza of poetry and prose.

As I post pictures from the event I want to show my gratitude as well.

Many Thanks and Appreciation to our hosts Sue Brown Gordon and her husband David Gordon for opening up their festival for our literary stage!

Also, Many Thanks to the Mayor of Norwalk, The Honorable Harry Rilling for stopping by and sharing kinds words of appreciation and support for our work!

Last But Certainly Not Least, Many Thanks and Appreciation to the following Poets, Writers and Storytellers who shared all my posts, helped me get the word out and featured wonderfully at the event:

— Laurel Peterson, Poet Laureate – Norwalk, Connecticut (2016-2019)

— Van Hartmann, Poet – Norwalk, Connecticut

— Janet Krauss, Poet – Bridgeport, Connecticut

— January Nicole Wilson, Poet – Fairfield, Connecticut

— Maria Lisellia, Poet Laureate Borough of Queens, New York

— Wayne Russell Poet – Connecticut (reading work of the late Gil Fagiani)

— John F McMullen, Poet Laureate, Town of Yorktown, NY – Jefferson Valley, New York

— Chachanna Simpson, Poet, Storyteller -Norwalk, Connecticut

— Mary Keating, Poet – Connecticut

— Bill Hayden, Poet Laureate Norwalk, Connecticut

—Jack Powers, Poet – Fairfield, Connecticut

—Tarn Granucci, Poet Laureate Emeritus, Wallingford, Connecticut

—Chris Madden, Poet – Connecticut

—Lynne Grobsky, Poet, Balladeer – Wallingford, Connecticut

—LG Neddy Smith, Poet, Spoken Word, Recording Artist/Musician, – Norwalk,

—Vincent Bell, Poet – Ardsley, New York

—Alison McBain, Poet, Author, Editor – Fairfield Connecticut

—Ed Ahern, Poet and Author – Fairfield Connecticut

Thank you all, so very very much!!!