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Chris Johnson (he/they) was born and raised in Scarborough, ON. In 2009 he attended Carleton University where he received a BA and MA in English. From 2012 to 2014 Chris was a co-editor of Carleton’s student-run lit mag and press, In/Words. Before graduating in 2014, he was hired by Arc Poetry Magazine, where he still works as Managing Editor.

He currently lives in Ottawa, the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg. When Chris isn’t working or writing on his own, he collaborates with Quatuor Gualuor—a sound poetry ensemble lead by jwcurry—and as a member of the creative collective VII, which consists of Manahil Bandukwala, Ellen Chang-Richardson, Conyer Clayton, nina jane drystek, Margo LaPierre and Helen Robertson.

His recent chapbooks include Listen, Partisan! (Frog Hollow Press, 2016) and Gravenhurst (above/ground press, 2019).

Literary CV