Poetry requires stripping oneself
to the bone--and beyond--as both
the reader and writer of it.

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Quick Links Learn to More About Other Chapbooks in the Celebration Series
She Wore Emerald Then Imagining the Future
Cherished Pulse Blooming Red

Click here for Carolyn's first person essay, "Beating Time at Its Own Game."

Order signed and dedicated copies of Carolyn's poetry.

For a growing list of links about tolerance.

For a sample of Carolyn's Short Stories.

First Poetry Chapbook

Compulsive Reader's
Top Ten Reads

Palms to Pines
50 Favorite Books

Tracings is a chapbook published by Finishing Line Press.
She is also the author with Magdalena Ball of the Celebration Series of chapbooks.

Tracings is a Multi Award Winner

Military Writers Society of America named Tracings for Excellence,
Compulsive Reader.com named Tracings to their Top Ten Reads list,
Dawn Colclasure named Tracings one of her
50 favorite books
in her
Palms to Pines blog.

For an excerpt from Tracings

Click here for reviews on the multi award-winning poetry chapbook Tracings.
Cover photography by art by Leora Krygier.

Tracings is a featured chapbook in an article on poetry.


Sample Poem
From Carolyn's File of Hundreds of Poems in Waiting

This poem,  a mild rant;
gives readers an idea of the accessibility
I reach for in most of my poems.

Eavesdropping at the Writers’ Fair (c)

Two words only. Bon mots.
so lovely our language adopted

them, our authors aspire
to deserve their application

to their literary efforts.
 I hadn’t heard

them since French I and II
but here, with liquid amber

leaves fallen at my feet, writers
at my elbow, I hear them twice.

Repetition makes me think
a translation of “good words”

not up to scratch for the efforts
of their countrymen Flaubert

or Malraux, equally deficient
for even Faulkner’s folderol

Hemingway’s doodling. Duped
by Francophiles once again!

The bookish and bogus
impressed by the echo

of vowels in their noses.
say belles lettres,

hold them in their mouths
as if they were bon bons,

relish their crème.
We English do better with words

rooted in blunt Germanic
soil. Bons and belles, simulated

pearls, do nothing for an aging neck
that the real thing wouldn’t do as well.

                                          CHJ © 2007


A Poetry Freebie

Matters of the Heart, edited by Lea Schizas is a free e-book of poetry with contributions from her MuseItUpClub including a few from Magdalena Ball, my co-author of Cherished Pulse, and me. Use the link to download your own .pdf copy.


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Honored Poets


Sona Ovasapyan, Rita Gabrielyan, Carolyn Howard-Johnson
and Christine Alexanians (l. to r.)
show California State Legislature Certificates of Recognition
issued by Paul Krekorian
at an event at the Glendale City Library
where Howard-Johnson introduced
Ovasapyan and Alexanians as emerging poets.
Garbrielyan, a young poet, was an aide.






Here are two of my favorite streaming radio/podcasts of my poetry


Copperfield Review: Poem “Peril,” 2003.

Sparks Magazine, Subtle Tea: The Feminist Journal: Poem “Woman’s Day:” 2003.

Yarrow Brook Review: Poem “Where I Am,” 2002;

Poetic Voices: Villanelle “Adaptation” Sept. 2003.

Lunarosity: Poem “Pleading for Sylvia”, March 2004.

Mochila Review: Poem “Big Screen Snack,” May, 2004.

Long Story Short: Poems “Bon Sai,” Jan. 2004; “Woman’s Day,” March 2004; “Shopping on Robertson,” June 2004; Poem, “Children Today Don’t Have Enough Leisure Time,” Nov. 2004, “Musing Over a New Calendar,” and “New Year,” Jan. 2005.

Apollo’s Lyre: Poem “Deciphering Sound.” May, 2004.

The Pedestal Magazine: Poem “Olvera Street Tutorial.” April, 2004. Winner Readers' Award

The Journal of the Image Warehouse: Poems “The Dangerous Lizard of Gabon,” “Poetry by Damned,” and “Perfectly Flawed.”

Re)verb: Poem “Faith in LA,” spring, 2005.

Mindprints: Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, CA., Poem “Bon Sai,” Annual 2005.

Edifice Wrecked: Literary Journal, fall 2004, poem “Shelf Life.”

Sunspinner Magazine: Poem, “Olvera Street Tutorial,” 2005

Mary, Mt. St. Mary's College Journal, Spring 2005.

Niederngasse, an international journal "Eavesdropping at the "Writers' Faire," July, 2005, www.neiderngasse.com.

Penwomanship, Poem, "Antigua's Hope," Aug. 2005.

Barricade, Edited by John Newmark, "Upon Safety, Illusion and a New Way to Think, December, 2005

Travelers' Tales, Excerpt "Every Heard of Terezin?" 2006

A-pos-tro-phe: Poem "The Lecture: Incomplete and Considerately Abridged,".http://www.a-pos-tro-phe.com/v2n3/thelecture.html

Riley Dog: Excerpt from a poem "The Lecture: Incomplete and Considerately Abridged." June, 2006.

Subtle Tea, edited by D. Herrle, Poems, "Learning About Sex When All Else Fails" and "Another Day." Aug. 2006.

Under the Roc, Poem, "Shelf-Life," 2007.

Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal , "Dandelions in Autumn," fall 2007.

Coffee Press Journal, poem, "The Fragile Art of Warfare." Nov. 2007.

Coffee Cramp; Poem "The Fragile Art of Warfare" Nov/Dec 2007 issue.

Pear Noir, poetry journal, "Death by Ferris Wheel." January, 2009.

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate, Manzanita Press and Calaveras Country Humanities Council; poem "Big Screen Snack.

"Carolyn's poem "Endangered Species" won the
Franklin Christoph prize for poetry, 2010.

See some of Carolyn's fun travel/recipe poems.

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CHERISHED PULSE: Unconventional Love Poetry
IMAGINING THE FUTURE: Ruminations on Fathers and Other Masculine Apparitions
SHE WORE EMERALD THEN: Reflections on Motherhood
BLOOMING RED: Christmas Poetry for the Rational
DEEPER INTO THE POND: Celebration of Femininity
SUBLIME PLANET: Celebrating the Planet and the Universe as Never Before

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Carolyn Howard-Johnson

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I started a new poetry group on the new ning edition of iFOGO village. It needs lots of participation 'cause I can't find the time to lead. Still, poets are casual and may not need leading at all. I hope you'll join and use it any old poetry-related way you'd like. Go to iFOGO Busy Poets Village. You may need to do an iFOGO profile first. That would be good, too. It's for writers of every ilk. (-: Subscribe to iFOGO.

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The Perfect Mother's Day Gift

She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood is available both digitally (for greenies who want to save paper, postage and airline fuel) or as a lovely to have-and-hold book for those who still have room in their hearts only for the real thing. And the book is still no more expensive than some of the fancier Mom's Day cards! Click the widget above to purchase.

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Unsolicited Endorsement:
"I loved your poem 'deja vu?' in the latest issue of Writer's Advice/Flash section. Breathtakingly beautiful images. I finished reading it, then immediately read it again, to savor it.
  Dallas Woodburn, founder of Write On! For Literacy

Endorsement of Carolyn's poems from an editor:
"I'm a fan of winning lines rather than overall poems. (TRACINGS) delivers heartfuls!"  
~  David Herrle, Editor of Subtle Tea

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Quark Soup:  An exquisite infinity of poetic stars by Magdalena Ball.

Carolyn's Blogs

Sharing with Writers
All things publishing with
an emphasis on book
promotion. Named to
Writer's Digest
101 Best Website list.

The New Book Review
Great way for readers, authors, reviewers and publicists to get more
mileage out of
a great review.

The Frugal Editor Blog
This is the Frugal, Smart
and Tuned-In Editor blog.
Covers editing, grammar, formatting and more.
Get the answers you need.

Poetry: Giftbooks Instead of Greeting Cards

Cover art by Vicki Thomas, Poetry by Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson

"Cherished Pulse is full of poems that describe love from the eyes and hearts of young and old. We see love in its youthful stage, stirring the hearts of man and woman alike and tying a bond that even death cannot break. As we continue reading, we understand that love deepens into an awesome, but quiet joy as the couple grows older. These poems renew our faith in love as they remind us of our own experience with this most sought after emotion."
~ Lucille P Robinson for Alternative-Read.com


Third in the Celebration of Chapbooks with Magdalena Balls, written expressly for fathers "and other masculine apparitions.

She Wore Emerald Then is a book of Moods of Motherhood: thirty poems by award-winning poets Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson, with original photography by May Lattanzio. A beautifully presented, tender and strikingly original gift book, ideal for Mother's Day or any day when you want to celebrate the notion of motherhood in its broadest sense.  Share this collection with someone you love.

Blooming Red: Christmas Poetry for the Rational.

Sublime Planet is an e-chapbook and paperback published in the time-honored tradition of poets everywhere. This collection of ecologically oriented poems traverses a wide terrain, moving from the loss of species to the beauty of the natural world, from drought to the exploration of alternative planets. It's an exhilarating collection that breaks boundaries and leads the reader deep into the personal heart of perception. Released by award winning poets Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball to celebrate Earth Day, this is a collection of poetry that weaves the personal with the universal. Photograpy by Ann Howley.

“Whatever your age these poems celebrating women will speak to you of times to look forward to or to remember. These are not poems to be read once. They will stay with you forever.” ~ Nancy Famolari, author.

Also by Carolyn:

Tracings is winner of the Military Society of America's Award of Excellence and named to the Compulsive Reader's Ten Best Reads of 2005

Carolyn's Awards

Awards for Carolyn's Books, Blogs and More

The New Book Review
Named to
Online Universities'

101 Book Blogs
You Need to Read

Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites
Sharing with Writers blog.


Best Book Award for The Frugal Book Promoter (2004) and The Frugal Editor (2008) and the Second Edition of The Frugal Book Promoter (2011).


Reader Views Literary Award for The Frugal Editor

New Generation Award for Marketing and Finalist for The Frugal Editor

Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award

Military Writers Award of Excellence for
Tracings, A Chapbook of Poetry.

A Retailer's Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotion wins author Military Writers Society of America's Author of the Month award for March, 2010


Gold Medal Award from Military Writers Society of America, 2010. MWSA also gave a nod to She Wore Emerald Then, a chapbook of poetry honoring mothers.

The Frugal Editor Named #! on Top Ten Editing Books list.

Finalist New Generation Book Awards 2012, The Frugal Book Promoter, Finalist 2010 The Frugal Editor,
Winner 2010 Marketing Campaign for the Frugal Editor

The Oxford Award
the alumna who exemplifies the Delta Gamma precept of service to her community and who, through the years, devotes her talents to improve the quality of life around her.

The Frugal Book Promoter is runner-up in the how-to category for the Los Angeles Book Festival 2012 awards.

Glendale City Seal
Nominated: Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts
Glendale California's Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Glendale Library.

And more than a dozen other awards for Carolyn's novel, short story collection and poetry. See the awards page on this site.

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