OCT 1, 2022 – Magazine Editor’s Panel @ Heartland Book Festival, Elizabethtown, KY
OCT 8, 2022 – Kentucky State Poetry Society Conference @ Western Kentucky University (Cherry Hall), Bowling Green, KY
NOV 12, 2022 – Writers Block Festival @ Ivy Tech Community College, Sellersburg, IN
SEP 24, 2022 – Presentation @ Madison Book Fest @ Madison County Library, Richmond, KY
AUG 18, 2022 – Featured Reader @ Berea Arts Council Literary Open Mic, Berea, KY
JUL 22, 2022 – Reading @ Bluegrass Writers Studio Domestic Summer Residency, Richmond, KY
JUN 28, 2022 – Reading w Julie Hensley and Patricia Reis @
Centro Nacional de Cultura – Galeria Fernando Pessoa, Lisbon, Portugal
JUN 3, 2022 – Leading pre-conference retreat @ Carnegie Center’s Books-in-Progress Conference, Lexington, KY
DEC 5, 2021 – Signing books, 3-5p, at Kentucky Author Open House @ Apollo Pizza in Lexington, KY
OCT 12, 2021 – My story, “Alexandrov & Petrooshki,” will be published in 2022 by Evening Street Review.
AUG 11, 2021 – Presenting “You Will Submit” with Brian Petkash at Literary Cleveland.
SEP 12, 2020 – New essay, “Simple Math,” in winter 2020 (issue 210) of Cimarron Review.
MAY 21, 2020 – New essay, “The Boys of Midsummer,” available in spring 2020 online edition of Baltimore Review.
MAR 5, 2020 – AWP20 Panel: “Small wonder: How small presses and their authors promote their work,” 3:20p-4:35p, room 303, Ballroom Level, Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.
MAY 19, 2019 – Promoted to Full Professor at Eastern Kentucky University.
JAN 16, 2019 – Excited to announce I’ll be judging the 2019 West Virginia Writers Book Length Prose Contest.
2 thoughts on “Californium by R. Dean Johnson”
I saw your book in a bookstore in Columbus Ohio, loved the cover, saw that you taught at EKU and realized I had to read it, and I loved it. My oldest son just graduated from EKU and my youngest son is in his sophomore year. I’m trying to get them to read your book but “time” is so limited in their universes. Anyway I just wanted to let you know that even us old guys can related to the story, especially since I’m an ol punk rocker from the 80’s. I will be watching for more of your work in the future. Thanks for a heartwarming novel. I miss reading it already. David E. AEH
David: I can’t tell you how cool it is to hear you stumbled upon CALIFORNIUM and Reece and the boys played for you. Thanks for taking the time to read it. Thanks for taking the time to share with me what you thought, too. You really made my week.
Could I ask which store it was that had copies of CALIFORNIUM? I’m planning a trip to Columbus in the fall (my wife has a reading at Ohio State) and I want to set up a reading for myself while I’m there, so it usually helps if the store already knows the book. It’s especially helpful it they’ve sold a few too, so thanks yet again.
Robert (that’s the R in the R. Dean)