Year In Review
Long Form Essays
I love poems because they stay wet with feeling, distill generations of activity, and expose the ligaments of linguistic complexities. I got a BFA in Poetry when I returned to school after years of low-wage manual labor and service work. However, I recently realized just how much my writing benefited from the years I spent researching homelessness and writing for academic audiences when earning my PhD in Communication; my writing and thinking got sharper and clearer. I'd like to think the essays I published this year show the benefits of these two skills: the poetic brain that absorbs social-emotional complexity, and the academic synthesizer that weaves large sets of information into a durable map.
On Masculinity, Pregnancy, and Medical Trauma
"Peripartum Cardiomyopathy isn’t “random”; it is clustered at higher rates in certain communities, just like MS is clustered into certain communities, but with a more rapidly fatal impact. “Why do so many people in my community have autoimmune diseases” now extends into “to what extent did MS contribute to PPCM; to what extent did the things that contributed to MS (for example, stress created by trauma and the vigilance of survival as a visibly gender-non-conforming person) also contribute to PPCM?”
Autostraddle | November 19, 2018
A Review of M Archive: After the End of the World by Alexis Pauline Gumbs
"Despite the despairing evidence of how deep we are in it—in the devil and in death—the narrator moves on. There is a future. Someone prepared. Black feminist survival skills produced the tunnels and flotation devices into the future."
Gertrude Press |March 16, 2018
Johnson is hopeful that Housing and Dignity Village can show Schaaf and other city leaders that the people most impacted by the lack of quality, affordable housing are the best people to develop encampment systems that work, and allocate funds to support them. “So if we get this land we can build and show her what she’s supposed to be doing. Maybe if we lead by example maybe that will change her mind and turn some heads.”
November 10th, 2018
November 27th, 2018:
launched in September and was enthusiastically received by listeners as "a deeply thoughtful, intentional, progressive, and honest podcast" and "Everything I needed with my first pregnancy but couldn't find." In less than three months the podcast has already garnered 1,500 downloads, 36 fiscal sponsors, and I have produced and hosted 7 hour-long episodes.
This year I had the honor to create the strategic "face" of three new clients-- a social justice consulting firm, an arts after-school and summer camp program, and writer Sosha Lewis. Check out what she had to say about how it was to work with me below.
"Many thanks to Grover Wehman-Brown of GWB Content Creation for capturing my personality and creating a beautiful site."