Meet the Poet
Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era. Today he is a poet, freelance writer, photographer, and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois. He started writing at 17, during the old typewriter, mail only days, lost interest for a few years, and then with the advent of the Internet has has been publishing online since 2007. Michael has been heavily influenced by poets Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, and Charles Bukowski, among others. He is the author of The Lost American: From Exile to Freedom, several chapbooks of poetry, including From Which Place the Morning Rises, Challenge of Night and Day, and Chicago Poems. Michael was nominated for Pushcart Awards for two poems in 2015. He invites readers to visit his website, which has his poetry and a list of poetry sites which he edits. Read.