Pen Name: Genre: Fiction, Non-Fiction
Born: 1948 in Evanston, Illinois
Charles was born in Evanston and he attended Southern Illinois University.
Biographical and Professional Information
A writer, scholar and cartoonist, Johnson received his B.S. and M.A. from Southern Illinois University in 1971 and 1973 and his Ph.D. in philosophy from SUNY-Stony Brook in 1988.
Recently retired, Johnson was the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Endowed Professor of English at the University of Washington. While there, he also was the former director of the creative writing program at the University of Washington. He also served as fiction editor for the Seattle Review from l978-98.
In his novels, Dreamer and Middle Passage, Johnson directly addressed the issues of black life in America.
Johnson sponsors the Marie Clair Davis Award in Creative Writing, given to a secondary student at Evanston Township High School, and the Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award, a national contest, at Southern Illinois University.
- Black Humor, 1970
- Half-Past Nation Time, 1972
- Faith and The Good Thing, Viking, 1974
- Oxherding Tale, Indiana University Press, 1982
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice, 1986
- Being and Race: Black Writing Since 1970, 1988
- Middle Passage, Macmillan, 1990
- Dreamer, Scribner, 1998
- Africans in America: America's Journey through Slavery, l998, co-authored with Patricia Smith
- King: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King Jr., Viking Studio, 2000, co-authored with Bob Adelman
- Soulcatcher and Other Stories, 2001
- Turning the Wheel, 2003
- Dr. King's Refrigerator: And Other Bedtime Stories, 2005
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Faith And The Good Thing
Release Date: 2001-01-10
Oxherding Tale: A Novel
Release Date: 2005-02-08
The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Tales and Conjurations
Release Date: 1994-12-01
Being and Race: Black Writing Since 1970
Release Date: 1990-02-01
Release Date: 1998-07-01
Dreamer: A Novel
Release Date: 1999-02-02
Africans in America: America's Journey through Slavery
Release Date: 1999-11-11
King: A Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Release Date: 2000-11-06
Soulcatcher: And other stories
Release Date: 2001-03-15
Dr. King's Refrigerator: And Other Bedtime Stories
Release Date: 2005-02-08
- Governor's Award for Literature from the state of Washington for Oxherding Tale in 1983
- Govenor's Award for Literature for Being and Race in 1989
- National Book Award for Middle Passages, 1990
- Best American Short Stories in 1992
- His short fiction was included in the O'Henry Prize Stories in 1993
- Honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Southern Illinois University in 1995
- Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Northwestern in 1994
- Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in l999
- Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from the Corporate Council for the Arts in 2000
- Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s 2001 Achievement Award “for distinguished professional achievement and for enhancing the stature of Northwest literature"
- American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, 2002
- Distinguished Alumni Award from Evanston Township High School in 2003
- Stephen Henderson Award for outstanding contributions to African American literature and culture at the spring conference for the American Literature Association in 2004
- Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Lewis and Clark College in 2006
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
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