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Chronology of Charles Johnson’s Life 1948 Born April 23 in Evanston, Illinois, to Benny Lee Johnson and Ruby Elizabeth Johnson 1965 Earned first paycheck by illustrating a catalog of magic tricks 1966 Graduated from Evanston Township High School Enrolled at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale to study journalism 1967 Began studying martial arts 1968 Met Joan New, a student at the National College of Education in Evanston 1969 Worked part time at the Chicago Tribune 1970 Published Black Humor, first collection of cartoons Began starring in Charlie’s Pad, a fifty-two-part PBS series about drawing Married Joan New 1971 Received BS in journalism from Southern Illinois University 1972 Published Half-Past Nation Time, a second collection of cartoons Met John Gardner, a professor of English at Southern Illinois University 1973 Received MA in philosophy from Southern Illinois University Published first article, “Creating the Political Cartoon,” in Scholastic Editor 1974 Published Faith and the Good Thing, first novel Taught at SUNY, Stony Brook, and began doctoral studies in philosophy 1975 Son, Malik, born xxix 1976 Accepted position as Acting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Washington 1977 Promoted to Assistant Professor of English at the University of Washington 1978 Wrote Charlie Smith and the Fritter Tree, first teleplay for PBS Began serving as fiction editor for Seattle Review 1979 Received early tenure at the University of Washington Began serving three-year term as Director of Associated Writing Programs Awards Series 1981 Mother died Made commitment to Buddhism Daughter, Elizabeth, born 1982 Published Oxherding Tale, second novel Promoted to Professor of English at the University of Washington 1983 Received Callaloo Creative Writing Award for short story “Popper’s Disease” 1984 Wrote Booker, teleplay for PBS 1986 Published The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, first collection of short stories 1987 Received Prix Jeunesse Award (international youth prize) for Booker Named in a survey conducted by University of Southern California as one of the ten best short story writers in America Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship 1988 Published Being and Race, a study of contemporary African American fiction 1990 Published Middle Passage, third novel Won National Book Award for Middle Passage Named S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Professor at University of Washington 1991 Middle Passage nominated for Chianti Ruffino Antico Fattore, Florentine Literary International Prize Received “Talented Tenth Award,” given by Alpha Kappa Alpha/Kappa Psi CHRONOLOGY xxx 1993 Won O. Henry Prize for “Kwoon,” a short story originally published in Playboy Received the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Award 1994 Provided initial funding for Charles Johnson Award for Fiction and Poetry, sponsored by Southern Illinois University 1996 African American Review devoted an entire issue to Johnson and his work 1997 Co-edited Black Men Speaking, an anthology of literature about the experience of African American males in America Charles Johnson’s Spiritual Imagination, first book about Johnson’s work, published One of twelve African American authors represented on stamps issued by the nations of Ghana and Uganda 1998 Awarded MacArthur Fellowship Published Dreamer, fourth novel Contributed to Africans in America, a companion book to the popular PBS series Middle Passage listed as required reading for all incoming freshmen at Stanford University 1999 Contributed to I Call Myself an Artist, a collection of essays by and about Johnson Served on Modern Library’s panel to select the 100 Best NonFiction Books of the Twentieth Century Received PhD in philosophy from SUNY, Stony Brook (backdated to 1988, the publication of Being and Race) 2000 Published Soulcatcher, a collection of stories originally written for Africans in America Co-wrote King: The Photobiography, a book about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. 2001 Became contributing editor at Tricycle: The Buddhist Review 2002 Charles Johnson’s Fiction, second book about Johnson’s work, published Received Academy Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters CHRONOLOGY xxxi 2003 Published Turning the Wheel, a collection of essays about Buddhism and African American literature Charles Johnson Literary Society organized Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences CHRONOLOGY xxxii PASSING THE THREE GATES INTERVIEWS WITH CHARLES JOHNSON ...


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