R.K. Johnston

Roy Kahn Johnston was born in 1938 in New York City. He moved to Southern California at the age of four and was educated in the Torrance Public Schools. He attended the Wiesbaden Conservatory in Germany, graduated with a Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance from The Juilliard School in New York City, and earned a Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles. His musical career included the Atlanta Symphony, New York City Ballet, Woody Herman, Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey Bands. He served as Dean of the Boston Conservatory and Associate Dean of the University of Southern Mississippi School of Fine Arts.

As a child he wrote poetry, later completed the poetry requirements for the USC Master of Professional Writing Program, and studied poetry at the Charles University in the Czech Republic and the William Joiner Center for War and Its Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is published in Senses Magazine, Sacramento, CA, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, CA, Big CityLit, New York City, ;  Groundwaters, Lorane, OR; New Times, San Luis Obispo, CA, Solo Café Anthology, Carpenteria, CA and War, Literature & the Arts, Colorado Springs, CO. His books include Steps In Life , The Wandering Circle, The System Is Broken, Seeds of Tolerance, Kenosis, San Luis Obispo, Dissonance and Consonance, and From Fractals, Forward.

He has been a featured reader at the University of Oregon Portland and Eugene campuses; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Globus Tour, Portugal; Nahargarth Palace, Madhopur, India; Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania; University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica; Eugene Public Library and Eugene Hotel, Eugene, OR; Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA;  Peoples Republic of China, Galaxy II, Yangtze Cruise; and the San Luis Obispo Poetry Festivals. He has hosted noted poets and authors on his program “Cerebral Meditations”, on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onword/. He was recognized by the City of Los Angeles for his 35 years of honorable service as “Performer, Professor, Poet, and Pioneer in the field of “cultural integration”.

Roy K Johnston Arts resumé

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