Thomas Penn Johnson
Thomas Penn Johnson was born on August 22, 1943 in Greensboro, North Carolina, where also in 1961 he graduated from James B. Dudley High School. In 1966, he received a B.A. in Classical Studies from then-Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1968, he received an M.A. in English from UNC-G, and he continued graduate studies in English literature and history at Syracuse and Wake Forest Universities. In 1969 he worked as a caseworker for the Cook County Department of Public Aid – Children’s Division. From 1974 – 1981 he resided in Valparaiso, Indiana. In 1992, he published a collection of poems entitled If Rainbows Promise Not in Vain. In 2009, he retired from then-Edison State College in Fort Myers, Florida after serving for 26 years as an instructor of English and humanities. He resides in Fort Myers where he continues to write and publish poetry and prose.