Harold Johnson, a poet and teacher of visual art and English, was born in Yakima, Washington in the heart of the Great Depression; he grew up and attended public school there. His experience with poetry started with poems his mother taught him while he was in grade school. Since college - except for a stint as an army bandsman (experience which provided a primary source for his novel, The Fort Showalter Blues) - he has lived and written in Portland, Oregon. Harold's new, long-awaited collection, Article II. The Gallery, came out early this year. He is married to the artist-poet Anne Griffin, and they have one son.