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Karl Johnson
Area of expertise

Spoken Word
Event Planning

Artist Statement

Initially, poetry for me was uncensored expression. I could be as brutally honest with the Page than I could with another person. It saved me in mental health episodes and identity crises. It became a necessary coping mechanism, and later bloomed into something important for me to share.

My writing reflects my process of turning inward where I hold experiences regarding family, adoption, race, sexuality, and relationship with self and others. My writing is observation keen on what happens between us and others - love, hate, betrayal, desire, and most of all, Belonging.

At the heart of my lived experience is a longing to not just be accepted, but to belong. Where can we most flourish as our true selves? How do we get there? Who do we need to be to arrive at that place? How can communities encourage, or hinder, our Belonging?

I've just finished two years of living abroad in Seoul, South Korea. I wish to assemble and share many of the experiences I have had as a vibrant Korean American adoptee in Central MN into a visual-audio spoken word and poetry space.

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