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Jane Penelope Johnson, Ph.D. PhotoJane Penelope Johnson, Ph.D.
BiographyDr. Jane Penelope Johnson, Ph.D., Grandfather Robert P. Coldiron "Daddy Bob" told her "The best education is to find out what you do not know. After you find out what you do not know, tell everyone!" Dr. Johnson has 3 grandchildren, April Michelle Holman, her husband Robert and Christian Robert Johnson. She has a song “The Symbol” on “The Best of Hilltop Records” for 2011 to be sent nation and worldwide. Her mission statement is “one who strives for excellence.” Soon she will have her Board Certified Christian Counselor, having no one to answer to but counselors by being fully trained and completely competent to care for people God’s way. She is grateful America’s Registry recognized and reported in her biography her contributions to make the world a better place in word (her poetry), thought (her songs) and deed (her counseling). “Blessed” she has been called by important people in high places; she continues to keep her feet on the ground with her tried and true advice, “In all endeavors, never give up, never give in, stay in the game until you win!” Dr. Johnson’s poetry has been published worldwide and nationwide by many poetry organizations including International Society of Poets, Sparrowgrass Poetry, Iliad Press, Famous Poets Society, Poetry Guild, New York. Many of her poems have won awards, “The Wedding,” Amhurst Society (Emily Dickinson Award). “Our Gentle Giant,” “My Husband, My Sons,” American Poetry Anthology, “Unspeakable Love, Eternal Kiss, Christmas Wishes, Glory Bound, America, Not Ending.” "Joy beginning and Comfort from my Grandparents." She has been a finalist in the American Poetry open and continues to be a contract song writer at Hilltop Records (secular music or gospel songs). One of her favorite poems is "My Mama" written to celebrate the life of her mother. Along with “Most Admired Woman of the Decade,” she was honored with a 20th century award from A.B.I. Her husband, Willie, the love of her life has done much to contribute to her success. Her children and grandchildren are her pride. Her challenge to all "Do your best with whatever you have to make the world a better place. You are so special and what you give grows and grows!"
IndustryWriting/poetry
ExpertisePoetry, songwriting
Current OrganizationPenny Johnson (Pen Name) Free-Lance Writer/ Poet and Song Lyricist (Patriot and Gospel songs)
Area of DistributionInternational
University/DegreeGraduate of Famous Writers School, Westport, CT, 1967; The Newspaper Institute of America, NY; Denis Waitley School of Dynamic Winning, 1969; Honorary Doctor of Letters, London, England, 1993; Graduate, Amer. Assoc. of Christian Counselors, 2001
BornJuly 1, 1940, Danville, Kentucky
Honors & AwardsMost Admired Woman of the Decade; Int'l Woman of the Year, Cambridge, England; Woman of the Year, Amer. Biographical Institute; 30 Editor's Choice Awards, Int'l Library of Poetry; Finalist North Amer. Poetry Open; Listed, Int'l Who's Who of Intellectuals, Who's Who in the World; Amer. Medal of Honor for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts and Poetry, 2002-03, A.B.I., No. Carolina; World Medal of Freedom, Int'l Biographical Centre, England; Writer of the Year 2003 Certificate; Nominated for Poet of Merit, Orlando FL Spring Convention, Int'l Society of Poets; Int'l Medal of Honor 2003, Cambridge, England; "God's Gospel Gift", No. 1 song-Broadway Melodies CD, Hollywood, CA; Eisenhower Commission signed by 4 US Presidents-Ford, Reagan, Bush & G.W. Bush; World Cup, A.B.I. in recognition of Heroic, Extraordinary, Exemplary Deeds; Member, Order Int'l Diplomats; Outstanding Love Award-Meadowbrook Nursing Home; New song release "America", Hilltop Records 2005; "Our Lives Are But A Whisper" poem included in Int'l Who's Who of Poets; Appointment-Genius Laureate, U.S.A. by J.M. Evans, Pres. A.B.I., inclusion in 500 Greatest Genius Laureates of the 21st Century; America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals (currently on the worldwide web); Hall of Fame-A.B.I.; Laureate International Biographical Centre Lifetime Achievement Award 2011, sponsored by Director General Nicholas Law and Nominated by the Awards Board of I.B.C.
Published WorksBooks, "Anthology, Treasured Poems of America," 1999; "Noble Laureate" from A.B.I.; "A Penny for Your Thoughts," 2004, Poetry by Penny Johnson, AuthorHouse, Indiana, 2004, ISBN 1-4184-2489-7; "A Song for Peace" included in national music book "Land That I Love"; Currently in Print-A Poetry Book warmly written to lift you up and give you hope; The song "Christmas Is" written by Dr. Johnson on the Album "Glory of Christmas," due out Christmas, 2008
AffiliationsInt'l Order of Merit; World Literary Academy; Deputy Governor, Amer. Biographical Institute; Advisor, Int'l Society of Poetry for Life; Int'l Poetry Hall of Fame; B.C.B.C.
Hobbies & SportsPiano, singing (Sweet Adelines), dancing, walking, swimming
Career AccomplishmentsEmily Dickinson Award for poem "The Wedding", Amherst Society; Member-Nat'l Author's Registry; Honorable Mention-President's Award for "Heaven Awaits"; Song-"Fighting for Freedom" finalist for Best Song in Americans Stand Tall Songbook, published by Hilltop Records, Hollywood, CA honoring victims of 9/11; Poem-"A Bouquet of Poets" read on the Florence Henderson Poetry Today Radio Show, NY; Poem-"Our Gentle Giant" published in Best Poems and Poets by Int'l Library of Poetry 2002; Award-"2002 Noble Prize" for Outstanding Achievement and Contributions to Worldwide Humanity by the United Cultural Convention USA; 2002 Certificate of Recognition for exemplary leadership for the Republican Party (Grassroots Leader) signed by Pres. George W. Bush; World Intellectual title given by the late Dr. Ernest Kay, Director General of the Int'l Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England
ChildrenWilliam Evan, Jr., Robert Anthony; Grandchildren: April Michelle, Christian Robert
SpouseWilliam Evan Johnson, Sr.
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