September 2019: On September 3rd 2019 I was pleased to attend the Art Bar Poetry Series event out in Toronto Ontario! The place was packed and I enjoyed connecting with friends both new & old. It's always a treat to connect with fellow poets & scribes! A great time was had by all. More pics here ~~> 2019
Canada Day July 1st 2019: It's a great day to be Canadian! Exactly 25 years ago today I was formally invested as Poet Laureate of the Yukon. Happy Canada Day! #CanadaDay #amwriting #Yukon #Poetry #writingcommunity #SledDogs #artsandentertainment #BanIditQuest #PoetLaureate
June 25 2019 Update: Due to ongoing health issues I have had to take a step back from my work as an animal rights advocate. However the sled dogs are never far from my heart and I will be back in full force when I recover. I ask fellow friends & advocates to continue to help raise awareness about the plight of the northern sled dogs and help put an end to the barbaric Yukon Quest 1,000-mile sled dog race by sharing the article exposing the truth about how they are exploited and suffer at: https://bit.ly/2EzQYms and encouraging others to sign & share the petition at https://bit.ly/2uIN6z7
Be sure to view my new video "Time" at: Videos by pj johnson
In the meantime me & my co-pilot Doc send our love from the Yukon!
May 1st 2019 Update: At present a combined total of over 80,000 people from 160 countries on all 7 continents around the world have now signed the petition asking Premier Sandy Silver and the Yukon Government to cease funding the barbaric Yukon Quest 1,000-mile sled dog race yet the premier and the Yukon Government continue to fund this cruel event and Premier Silver refuses to respond to all who oppose the race.
February 11 2019: Another year, another Yukon Quest, another dead dog. 'Joker the Sled Dog' died in agony during the 2019 Yukon Quest 1,000-mile sled dog race when he choked to death on his own vomit. This is the most common cause of dog deaths in this cruel race. In the past four years at least one dog has died per race. Meanwhile 68,000 people have signed the petition opposing the race and asking Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and his government to STOP FUNDING THE DEATH RACE! To date he continues to ignore them.
January 20 2019: He's here! Meet my new best friend Doc! Puppy-love at first sight! I love dogs - let's protect his canine brothers & sisters who need help! ~~>
#Yukon #Dogs #BanIditquest #SledDogs #Puppies #poets #poetrylovers
“it’s howlin’ time!” is a veritable cornucopia of previously unpublished creative works composed in a variety of styles and genres chronicling the life and times of a northern Canadian Poet Laureate. Also known as The Yukon Raven Lady, author pj johnson is a passionate animal advocate currently campaigning to protect northern sled dogs. On Canada Day July 1st 2019 she will celebrate her 25th anniversary as Poet Laureate of the Yukon. She is the longest serving Poet Laureate in Canada. ~~>
October 20 2018:
YUKON GOVERNMENT IGNORES AS 30,000 FROM 138 COUNTRIES ON 7 CONTINENTS OPPOSE FUNDING OF DEATH RACE!
*PLEASE NOTE: This update is in Memoriam to honour my beautiful 10 year old yellow lab Marley who passed on September 9th 2018 and also in memory of 'Boppy the Sled Dog' who died in agony during last year's brutal Yukon Quest 1,000-mile sled dog race. *Click TO READ THE LATEST UPDATE! ~~> https://bit.ly/2A9CXMz <~~ #BanIditQuest #Yukon #SledDogs
September 13 2018: SANDY SILVER’S YUKON GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO FUND THE DEATH RACE! Defenseless animals continue to suffer & die in the cruel Yukon Quest 1,000-mile sled dog race. *Click to READ THE LATEST UPDATE! #BanIditQuest #Yukon #SledDogs
~~> https://bit.ly/2MwaTFY <~~
September 13 2018: It is with great sadness that I must announce the passing of my best friend and business partner Marley-boo who crossed the bridge on Sunday September 9 2018. My dearest Marley thank you for being my friend for ten wonderful years. I will miss you forever.
August 2 2018: Looks like I'll soon be heading down to 'The Big Smoke' again to hang with some great folks! - Poets Rock!
May 12 2018: View my newly-posted video "My Song" . A wordless autobiographical poem composed by pj johnson. ~~> Videos by pj johnson
May 6 2018: Thousands From 112 Countries Around The World Protest Cruel Yukon Quest 1,000-Mile Sled Dog Race! <~~ Click to view the latest update on my campaign to end the cruel and barbaric Yukon Quest 1,000-mile sled dog race where animals continue to suffer and die in agony.
Thousands of voices speak out – Abuse of defenceless sled dogs no longer tolerated!
Click here to view the latest update on my campaign to end the cruel and barbaric Yukon Quest 1,000-mile sled dog race where animals continue to suffer and die in agony. ~~> https://bit.ly/2J3xgSo
April 5 2018:
The petition asking the Yukon Government to withdraw funding from the cruel 1,000-mile Yukon Quest sled dog race initally posted at https://bit.ly/2BrtP70 has been moved to another platform at https://bit.ly/2JkupnW where supporters can now make comments and also make a donation to help promote the petition if they wish.
The petition has presently been signed by a combined total of 2,000 people in over 70 countries on six continents around the world but we still need more voices to speak for those who cannot. If you care about the horrific plight of the Northern sled dogs please take a moment to sign and share the petition. These animals need help!
February 22 2018: See my updated article on the Yukon Quest sled dog race at: Long-distance Sled Dog Racing Is Inhumane!
February 14 2018: Yesterday I watched an entire sled dog team collapse at the finish line after running 1,000 miles in the grueling Yukon Quest sled dog race and this year yet another dog has died on the trail in -52 below. You can read more at pj ANIMAL ADVOCATE! and don’t forget to sign the world-wide petition to protect Yukon sled dogs at https://bit.ly/2BrtP70
February 12 2018: I am greatly saddened to learn of the tragic death of yet another sled dog in the barbaric 2018 Yukon Quest. Boppy the sled dog died on the trail in minus -52 degree temps trying to please his master. It is believed he choked to death on his own vomit. This has outraged many including myself. I have posted a wold-wide petition online asking the government of the Yukon to withdraw all funding and support for this barbaric race. If you want to help the sled dogs please take a moment to sign this petition - many dogs are still out there on the trail. Prayers for their safe return. Thank You. Click here to sign the world-wide petition ~~> https://bit.ly/2BrtP70
February 7 2018: As the sled dogs are currently running 1,000 miles in grueling conditions in the Yukon Quest race they are very much on my mind. Today I posted a new video narration of my poem "Because I am a Sled Dog" . Click to view ~~> Videos by pj johnson
February 2 2018:
On this eve of the start of the 35th annual Yukon Quest sled dog race I posted an update detailing my participation over the past year as an animal advocate opposing the two cruel 1,000-mile sled dog races - the Yukon Quest and the Alaskan Iditarod.
~~>2018 Poems & Events <~~
December 30th 2017: 2017 has been a year of triumph & challenge. On March 4th 2017 as the 45th annual 1,000-mile Iditarod sled dog race took off in Anchorage Alaska I wrote a poem called “Because I am a Sled Dog” to honour the many sled dogs who have suffered, been abused, and who have died as a result of being forced to run a thousand miles in grueling conditions in the Alaskan Iditarod and the Yukon Quest. Thus began my #BanIditQuest campaign to expose the suffering and exploitation of defenseless animals in the sled dog industry. As the New Year dawns I vow to continue until the last sled dog crosses the last finish line.
As I look back at 2017 I must also applaud the many brave women who have come forward to expose the perpetrators of rape, sexual assault, molestation, and domestic violence and add my voice to the war cry: “#MeToo”. We are the survivors. We have suffered in silence far too long.
December 24th 2017: On this frosty Christmas Eve of 2017 here in
#Whitehorse #Yukon Marley and I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Festive Season and we ask that you remember the #Sleddogs in your thoughts and prayers. #BanIditQuest
December 6th 2017: I just returned home from a fabulous two-day event called 'Laureate City' at the The National Arts Centre - Centre national des Arts in Ottawa.
Click here for story & pics! ~~> 2017
November 28th 2017: Tomorrow I begin my journey to Ottawa Ontario to attend this exciting event!
October 24 2017: Be sure to see my new section pj johnson - ANIMAL ADVOCATE! where you will find interesting news about animal welfare and photographs of domestic and wild animals. Just click ~~> pj johnson - ANIMAL ADVOCATE!
September 24 2017: Check out a poem about Dawson City Yukon that was written in 1983 and never been published until now! "faded rose of yukon" ~~> 2017
September 13th 2017: Yukon Howdy & Greetings From the Great White Frosty as the mercury begins to slide and another Yukon Summer slips away and disappears along with the Midnight Sun and another Fabulous Yukon Fall takes hold! I have added much new content here on my website including an updated "Summer 2017 - Stuff I Did" section at ~~> 2017 and a brand-new section that details my journey as an animal advocate at ~~> pj johnson - ANIMAL ADVOCATE! Lots of new photos and a couple of new videos so grab yourself a coffee and check them out! Don't forget to sign the Guestbook!
August 12th 2017: It was a great day to be Canadian and to welcome back to Whitehorse the Magnificent .RC.M.P. Musical Ride with a song called “Colour Me Canadian” that I had originally been commissioned to compose in 1995 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the presence of the RCMP in the north and welcome the RC.M.P. Musical Ride on their first visit to the Yukon. It was a pleasure to welcome them back to Whitehorse with that same song and visit with music legend Hank Karr.
August 2nd 2017: New Video! I recently spoke out against the cruel 'sport' of long-distance sled dog racing during a visit to New Westminster B.C. If you care about the welfare of the creatures with whom we share this planet I invite you to join me in exposing the cruelty behind the scenes of the Yukon Quest and the Alaskan Iditarod 1,000-mile sled dog races and join me in speaking for the voiceless by sharing this video. Available on YouTube and here ~~> pj johnson - ANIMAL ADVOCATE! &
May 14 2017: I am honoured to be featured in an interview in Bihar, India in the current issue of the Ashvamegh Journal. - An Interview with pj johnson, #Yukon Poet Laureate about her journey as a #poet laureate.... authorinterviews.net/conversations/pj-johnson/
March 15th 2017: Today my manifesto exposing the ugly truth of sled dog racing is being featured in Bihar, India's current issue of the Ashvamegh Journal ~~> https://bit.ly/2mJLkGq .
I am also honoured to have my poems featured in Bihar, India in the March issue of the Ashvamegh Journal ~~> https://bit.ly/2nFfFFf
March 6th 2017: As the brutal Iditarod 1,000-mile sled dog race takes off in Alaska today I wrote a poem in honour of sled dogs everywhere. You can view it by clicking here ~~> 2017
March 4th 2017: I just posted a piece I wrote called "It’s Howlin’ Time! – The Painful Truth about Long-Distance Dog Racing" that deals with the darker side of long-distance sled dog racing. Today also marks the start of the 45th annual Iditarod 1,049-mile sled dog race. Click here to view my piece ~~> Long-distance Sled Dog Racing Is Inhumane!
January 20th: I recently attended an event hosted by The Yukon Government along with Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Clarke and Yukon MP Hon. Larry Bagnell where I shared "Colour Me Canadian". Click here for video ~~> 2017
January 11 2017: To see an article about how The Yukon Raven Lady became Poet Laureate click here! ~~> Photos - Looking Back
December 30 2016: Greetings From The Yukon ~ Wishing you all the best of the Festive Season and a Fabulous 2017!
December 24 2016: Marley-boo may be a big boy now but he'll always be my puppy. My business partner Marley & I send warm greetings from The Yukon & wish you the best in 2017!
November 19 2016: I am pleased to share a newly-added poem "just because". Click to view ~~> Newly-Added POEMS - Pics & Video 2016
November 16 2016: I was recently honoured to be featured in an article by Canada's premier lifestyle magazine NUVO: "The Poets Laureate of Canada. What does it mean to be a Canadian poet laureate?" To view just point your browser to: ~~>
November 12 2016: A previously unpublished poem "discovery" was recently included in an artical by NUVO Magazine. *Click ~~> Travel pics & Poetry New West Video 2016 to view.
October 28 2016: Just posted a couple of end of fall pics at ~~> My Yukon! - More Photos 2016. As I gaze out my window it’s hard to believe they were taken a little over a month ago. ~ Greetings to all from me & Marley here in The Great White Frosty!
September 28 2016: Just posted some new pics I took of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they atttended a street party on Main Street Whitehorse. Much excitement in my hometown! Just click here to view ~~> My Yukon! - More Photos 2016
September 19 2016: Just posted some new pics of my travels down through the Chilkat Valley to Haines Alaska, Carcross Yukon, and back home in Whitehorse. Just click here to view ~~> My Yukon! - More Photos 2016
Videos courtesy of Ken Ader 'The Video Guy'
July 18th 2016: I'll be heading down to The Big Smoke for a break soon. I'm going to be at Original's Restaurante Mexicano in New Westminster on Sunday July 24th at 2 pm to share a few of my creative works at the Poetry New West gathering. ~ Be sure to drop by if you happen to be in the neighbourhood!”
December 24 2015: My business partner Marley and I want to wish all our friends Merry Christmas and all the best of the festive season!
December 15 2015: I took this shot on a beautiful December morning a couple of days ago just out my back door. Ah the beauty of my homeland! The #Yukon♥ You can also click on ~> New 2015 to see pics from my trip down to 'The Big Smoke' (Vancouver), and B.C.'s beautiful Cariboo country last summer and from a trip through the Chilkat Valley to Haines Alaska last fall.
July 1st 2015: Canada Day 2015!
On May 30 2015: I attended the Celebration of Life for the late Yukon artist Ted Harrison at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre in Whitehorse with my old friend and partner in crime, Yukon artist Jim Robb.
Ted Harrison was a teacher, mentor, and friend who once invited me to bring my horse to school. So the next morning I unloaded Pepper the pony at the backdoor of the school, trotted him down the hallway and into the art classroom where he was quite a hit. The story of the horse that came to school has since become something of a Yukon folk legend.
April 1 2015: In celebration of National Poetry Month I was honoured to be featured by dVerse Poet’s Pub where my participation sparked a lively discussion of the poet as storyteller and many comments posted by fellow poets. Just click on the link to view ~~> dversepoets.com/2015/03/30/pubtalk-the-poet-as-storyteller/
March 27 2015: I invite you to view my newly-added poem "there's just no place" composed in honour of the recent passing of two loved ones. Just click ~~> New 2015
December 13 2014: I invite you to view a newly-posted poem "as i walk into the green garden".
Just click ~~> New June - December 2014
November 10 2014: On the eve of Remembrance Day 2014, my business partner Marley-boo and I want to wish everyone a safe and meaningful Remembrance Day. God Bless all who wear a uniform to keep our country safe and bless the families of our heroes both past and present. We Will Remember You.
October 31 2014: In the spirit of Halloween I've posted a piece called "welcome to my fantis-phere" under the New June - October 2014 section of this website. Check it out!
August 29 2014: Today is my business partner's 6th birthday. We decided to hang out at a Canadian Tire.
Happy Birthday Marley-boo!
August 20 2014: Well summer is winding down in The Yukon and fall is in the air so I've been out and about taking in the breathless beauty that surrounds me. I will post more pictures and videos of my travels shortly. - In the meantime here's a pic of me living it up in Alaska at the Honeymoon Hotel - Chilkat Valley near Haines Alaska.
June 16 2014: My business partner and I are happy to announce a newly-added piece called "hey o.d." located under the "New June 2014" section of this website. It is a reflection of my experience as a young woman living in the Yukon wilderness in the 1970's. Also another poem, "faith is" added June 18 2014. Thanx for dropping by - More to come so be sure to drop back again.
My First Website News Post:
Sorry no news today. We're still under construction so stay tuned! In the meantime here's a picture of my business partner.