Matthew Johnson, "Shadow Folk and Soul Songs"
Matthew Johnson, Shadow Folk and Soul Songs
Tuesday, October 29, 6pm
Shadow Folk and Soul Songs offers an imaginative universe populated by the common man, looming historical figures, and contemporary interrogations of self and nation. From Phillis Wheatley to Sojourner Truth, Langston Hughes to Hip Hop, these poems traverse deep time and the soul and song of America. The lyric expressions "stir like thunder in the soul."
—Dr. Noelle Morrissette
The poems of Matthew Johnson’s remarkable first book are vibrant, restless and yes, provocative. Their language deftly calls forth rich cultural perspectives of today and days gone by. From Sinatra to Paul Laurence Dunbar, from Charlie Parker to the Jim Crow South, Shadow Folk and Soul Songs cast a thoughtful net. This impressive bounty is both timely and urgent in addressing the seasons of our lives.
Born in White Plains, NY, and raised in New Rochelle and Stratford, Connecticut, Matthew Johnson now lives and studies as a graduate student in Greensboro, NC. His family stretches from New England and New York down to North Carolina and the Thousand-Tale Delta, as well as westward. Formerly a sports writer/editor for The Carolinian, USA Today College and The Daily Star (Oneonta, NY), Johnson’s poetry has been published in several magazines, including Maudlin House and The Roanoke Review. Johnson was nominated by the Roanoke Review for Best of the Net 2017.