R.K. JohnsonR. K. Johnston is an international poet recognized in the field of cultural integration, creativity, and the unity of knowledge. His poetry is infused with the music and rhythm of a career classical and jazz performer. Recently he has been a featured reader in Croatia; Portugal; Madhopur, India; Kingston, Jamaica; and Portland and Eugene, Oregon.



Selected Poems

BlogTalk Radio - R. K. Johnston, host


Poetry Resumé

E-mail - roykjohnston@comcast.net



Biography of Roy K. Johnston, A life in Sound, Color, and Word

Now available on Amazon

Biography front cover


Featured Poetry Readings

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Video: "Leadership"

Video: "Tango"

Video: "Where I Find You"


What people are saying about the Johnston biography:

Roy Johnston knew he was special from the time he was a very small child... and time has certainly proved him right. This book tells a fascinating story of an interesting and inspiring life well led. A pleasure to read from beginning to end.

Olivia Taylor-Young
Creative Writing Facilitator
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of Oregon

H. W. Smith does an exceptional job in capturing the boundless spirit of an extraordinary man whose long life in the arts had more than its share of highs, lows, and in-betweens.

David Newman
Writer and Journalist, formerly with Business Week

H. W. Smith’s biography of his former clarinet teacher is a moving tribute to an immensely interesting and complicated man. Roy K. Johnston emerges from this generous portrait as, in Smith’s words, a playful eccentric, an artist, and a good man, who “draws us to him because he is both vulnerable and affirming.” This is the story of “a life well lived,” to be sure.

Henry B. Wonham
Professor of English, University of Oregon


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