Emily Johnston born San Diego, CA August 9, 1974. Nonviolent environmental activist; editor and poet. Protested Vietnam War. Organized blockade of oil trains, Anacortes, WA, 2014. Arrested for closing pipeline, Clearbrook, MN, 2016; shutting pipeline, Brevard, FL, 2018.
“I’m not courageous or brave. . . I’m just more afraid of climate change than I am of prison.” (New York Times Magazine, Feb. 13, 2018)
“One of our biggest challenges—not just as poets and teachers, but as human beings—is finding ways to face violence with compassion; to allow violence to open us to recognizing our inevitable, irreversible connections with one another.” (“Women Write Resistance”, Spoon River Poetry Review, Dec. 2013; photo Grand Forks Herald)