Chris Johnson (he/they) was born and raised in Scarborough, ON. In 2009 he moved away to attend 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 literary magazine and press, In/Words. Before graduating in 2014, he was hired by Arc Poetry Magazine where he currently work as Managing Editor. In 2020, Chris joined the board of directors for the Ottawa Arts Council. Through his work with various arts organizations, Chris aims to promote and celebrate the work of people who are pushing against mainstream narratives and oppressive points-of-view.
Chris’ chapbooks include Listen, Partisan! (Frog Hollow Press, 2016) and Gravenhurst (above/ground press, 2019). He has also collaborated 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. In May 2021, VII’s debut chapbook, Towers, was released with Collusion Books.
Chris currently lives in Ottawa, the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg.