Writer’s block is a foreign word in T. Geronimo Johnson’s vocabulary. Rough drafts should flow fast, furious and free.
“That’s when you discover a lot,” he said.
Johnson’s poems and short stories earned him a spot as the visiting writer and professor in the Department of English at Western Michigan University for spring 2012.
He teaches students to refine, define and polish their writing in the undergraduate and graduate writing workshops he teaches. A workshop is a class where students peer review each other’s writing and learn how to give constructive feedback.
“In the workshop, you’re working under the hood,” said Johnson. “The work is alive. Workshop makes everybody smarter.”
His first novel, “Hold it ‘til it Hurts” will be published in the fall.
He defines his work as “tessellated,” a pattern or mosaic with many threads.