Halvard Johnson was born in Newburgh, New York, and grew up in New York City and the Hudson Valley. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and Baltimore City Arts. He has published many collections of poetry–Transparencies and Projections, The Dance of the Red Swan, Eclipse, and Winter Journey–all from New Rivers Press and now out of print, archived at the Contemporary American Poetry Archives. Recent collections include Rapsodie espagnole, G(e)nome, The Sonnet Project, Theory of Harmony and The English Lesson (Unicorn Press 2004). Guide to the Tokyo Subway and Organ Harvest with Entrance of Clones were published by Hamilton Stone Editions (2005 and 2007, respectively). He has lived and worked in Chicago, Illinois; El Paso, Texas; Cayey, Puerto Rico; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; and New York City. For many years he taught overseas in the European and Far East divisions of the University of Maryland, mostly in Germany and Japan. He spends most of his time in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.