Native Washingtonian poet and playwright John Johnson told us: “I am inspired to create art because I was born a artist it goes along with my breathing and heart beat, it is like a vital organ, it is my contribution to the planet. Moreover, every time I look in my children’s eyes I see infinite potential and I am determined to live on a planet without the ignorance that is historically associated with colorism.”
John Johnson is the 2018 winner of Day Eight’s DC Poet Project and founder and creator of Verbal Gymnastics Theater Company. Johnson is a director, actor, public radio contributor, arts educator, and father of two.
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This performance was recorded for Day Eight and appears here with permission from Day Eight and John Johnson.
To view a sample of poems from Johnson’s book, Love for Her, visit the book’s page on the Day Eight website.