Meet the Author
Robert Johnson is a professor of justice, law and society at American University. He is the author of two original collections of poems—Poetic Justice: Reflections on the Big House, the Death House, and the American Way of Justice, winner of the L.I.F.E. Award from WilloTrees Press; and Burnt Offerings: Poems on Crime and Punishment.
His poems and stories have appeared in Admit2, The American Review, Black Bear
Review, The National Catholic Reporter, Carnelian, CMC (Crime Media Culture), Dan River Anthology, JMWW, Lifelines, Mannequin Envy, Pleasant Living magazine, Tacenda Literary Magazine and Wild Violet.
His short story, “The Practice of Killing,” won the Wild Violet Fiction Contest for 2003. Other works of fiction include Justice Follies: Parody from Planet Prison and The Crying Wall. Johnson’s best-known work of social science—Death Work: A Study of the Modern Execution Process—won the Outstanding Book Award of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.