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Helene Johnson

Helene Johnson American poet

American poet
Helene Johnson
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Intro American poet
Was Poet Author Writer
From United States of America
Type Literature
Gender female
Birth 7 July 1906, Boston, USA
Death 6 July 1995, Manhattan, USA (aged 89 years)
Star sign CancerCancer
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Helene Johnson (July 7, 1906 – July 6, 1995) was an African-American poet during the Harlem Renaissance. She was also a cousin of author Dorothy West.


Johnson's literary career began when she won first prize in a short story competition sponsored by the Boston Chronicle. She also received an honorable mention in a poetry contest organized by Opportunity, the journal of the National Urban League that was a leading showcase for the talents of African-American artists.

She reached the height of her popularity in 1927 when her poem "Bottled" was published in the May issue of Vanity Fair. In 1935, Johnson’s last published poems appeared in Challenge: A Literary Quarterly.

She continued to write a poem a day for the rest of her life.

Personal life

Johnson, whose given name was Helen, spent her early years at her grandfather’s house in Boston. The rest of her formative years were spent in Brookline, Massachusetts.

She and Dorothy West moved to Harlem in the 1920s, where they became friends with such artists as Zora Neale Hurston. Johnson attended Columbia University, but did not graduate.

In 1933, Johnson married William Warner Hubbell III. The couple had one child, Abigail, before divorcing.

Johnson died in Manhattan at the age of 88.

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