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Name:  Kirk Wallace Johnson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: , in West Chicago, Illinois

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Johnson was born in West Chicago. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 2002.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kirk Wallace Johnson is the founder of the List Project, Johnson’s advocacy led to the creation of a program for Iraqis that were imperiled as a consequence of working alongside U.S. diplomats and soldiers. His organization, which marshaled an army of pro bono attorneys to press their cases, helped nearly 2,500 Iraqi refugees reach America, where they are now citizens. His work has been profiled by This American Life, 60 Minutes, the Today Show, and The List, a feature-length documentary that premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival.

Johnson has written two books and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, among other publications.

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