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Chris Johnson (he/they) was born and raised in the east end of Scarborough in Toronto, ON. He attended Carleton University where he received a BA and MA in English Literature, with a focus on Canadian Poetry. From 2012 to 2014 Chris was a co-editor of Carleton’s student-run literary magazine and press, In/Words, where he oversaw the publication of six issues and fifteen chapbooks. Before graduating in 2014 he was hired as the Coordinating Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine, which is where he still work as Managing Editor. In 2020 Chris joined the board of directors for the Ottawa Arts Council, and in 2021 he joined the selection committee at Bywords.ca. 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 by Collusion Books, and a follow-up, Holy Disorder of Being, was released by Gap Riot Press in March 2022.

Chris currently lives in Ottawa, the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg.

Literary CV