Marilyn Johnston is a Salem poet and filmmaker. She recieved an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship for Writers and was selected as a Fishtrap Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in a wide variety of literary journals and anthologies, including Calyx, Poetry International, Clackamas Literary Review, and Walking Portland's Bridges Using Poetry as a Compass. She is committed to facilitating writing workshops designed for people who have been through battle, regardless of how that is defined. Her chapbook of poems, Red Dust Rising, about a family's journey to heal from War, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her short documentary MY MOTHER WAS A COAST GUARD SPAR, has been screened in film festivals in Oregon, California, and Toronto, Canada, as well as on OPB's "Oregon Lens." Marilyn staffs the Human Rights & Relations Office for the City of Salem.
Recognizing the need for poetry in our lives, the Oregon Poetic Voices Project (OPV) is a comprehensive digital archive of poetry readings that will complement existing print collections of poetry across the state.
"We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back to us and stay with us, indelibly. We clutch these "life lines" like totems, repeat them as mantras, and summon them for comfort and laughter."
-Academy of American Poets