Allow Me To Introduce Myself....
On Canada Day July 1st 1994 I was formally invested by the Commissioner of the Yukon and became the first official Yukon poet laureate, the first officially-invested poet laureate in Canada, and the only non-British invested poet laureate in the world. On that day I was also given the title “Poet Laureate of the Yukon” and presented with a signed official proclamation and the official “Poet Laureate of the Yukon” pin as my insignia. I was also presented with my personal symbol of office the carved Talking Stick by former Yukon MP Audrey McLaughlin. My official title is: “Poet Laureate of the Yukon”
The daughter of a Yukon trapper, I am also known as "The Yukon Raven Lady" - a self-proclaimed "Raven Maniac" who led a successful campaign to have my personal symbol and spirit guide the northern raven formally recognized as the Yukon's official Territorial Symbol In 1985.
I am also an Animal Advocate and a section of this website is dedicated to honouring and protecting the creatures with whom we share this planet. At present I am campaigning to have the two brutal 1,000-mile sled dog races permanently banned due the on-going inhumane treatment of the sled dogs. More at: Long-distance Sled Dog Racing Is Inhumane! and: pj johnson - ANIMAL ADVOCATE!
Over the years I have participated in the world of creative arts as a musician/ composer, actress, poet, playwright, photographer, performance artist, and creative mentor. My original creative works have been performed live and televised at various local and national venues.
As an annual performer at the Yukon International Storytelling Festival, in 1992 I composed and produced the play "Dance of the Northern Lights" and was invited to perform it at the National Gallery of Canada and the Astrolabe Theatre in Ottawa. My performances have also been featured on a variety of national television and radio programs such as CTV's "Canada AM", CBC's "Midday", ABC's "Ripley's Believe It Or Not!", Peter Gzowski's "Morningside" and WTN's "Lifestyles" Network. Examples of my creative works and links to recent magazine interviews in national publications can be viewed on this website and also on various social media sites online.
When it comes to dealing with any kind of text I am limited considerably due to a condition called "Nonverbal Learning Disorder", hence the majority of my creative works have been presented via live performance. More at: About My NLD.... My first book "I Sing Yukon" was a small collection of my earliest poems, stories and anecdotes that was published in 1982 and is now out of print. A second book "Rhymes Of The Raven Lady" was published by Hancock House in 1995 and is basically a reprint of “I Sing Yukon”.
My most recent book titled “it’s howlin’ time!” is a collection of poems, stories and photographs chronicling the life and times of a northern Canadian poet laureate published in celebration of my 25th year serving as the Poet Laureate of the Yukon. Now available at various bookstores and on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/0986747602?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860
I am presently composing and producing and am interested in collaborating and networking with other vocalists, musicians, photographers and filmmakers. I also enjoy facilitating creative workshops and serving as a mentor to aspiring creative artists. I administrate an online Facebook group called 'Poets & Scribes Worldwide', a place to share creative works and network with other artists. Click here to join us! ~~> Poets & Scribes Worldwide
Thanks for dropping by. Be sure to come back often & don't forget to sign the Guestbook !
My more recent compositions will continue to be be posted on this site and can also be viewed on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheYukonraven