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Bio: Michael Lee Johnson is a poet and freelance writer from Itasca, Illinois.  Now on You-Tube:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih5WJrjqQ18.

Michael Lee Johnson, Itasca, IL. nominated for 2 Pushcart Prize awards for poetry 2015.

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Michael Lee Johnson is publisher and editor of seven poetry flash fiction sites–all presently open for submission, he is published in 27 different countries (just type Michael Lee Johnson into Google Search).
Visit all of Michael Lee Johnson's Websites Below:







 Author website: http://poetryman.mysite.com/ 
Emails: promomanusa@gmail.com 
His brand new chapbook with all new poems, many with black and white illustrative pictures,
From Which Place the Morning Rises is now available at :
He has 2 previous chapbooks available at:  http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/promomanusa
He is also the author of the full volume poetry book:  The Lost American: from Exile to Freedom, which may be purchased at: http://www.iuniverse.com/
He has been published in USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, Turkey, Fiji, Nigeria, Algeria, Africa, India, United Kingdom, Republic of Sierra Leone, Israel, Nepal, Thailand, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Finland, and Poland internet radio. Michael Lee Johnson has been published in more than 385 different publications worldwide. Audio MP3 of poems are available on request.
Author website: http://poetryman.mysite.com/
Introduction to Poetic Legacy
This is the home of poets and writers. This site's requirements will evolve and change over time.  Feel comfortable here.  We welcome new writers, and established writers.  The quality of your work is what is important to us.  We are the final judge of merit.  We are looking for poetry, free verse and metric (but not contrived form); very small flash fiction, and small non-fiction articles that reflect a sincere cause or issue.  We believe writers need a voice.  We are supporters of small presses and publications.  Haiku and other small poetry forms are welcome, you likely will teach us how to write them.  
In the beginning, at least: we prefer previously unpublished works, but, we believe that everyone should be ultimately in control of their work, which is why we accept simultaneous submissions on occassion and previously published work if proper credits are included. We do not accept responsiblity for you being irresponsible with your submissions.  What we are not looking for:  contrived form for its own sake, poems without substance, foul language for its own sake with no creative purpose, or sex for sex sake.
We don't favor long poems primarily due to space considerations. 
We work fulltime self-employed businesses, so it may take awhile for us to get back to you-please alow 2 months before inquiring via email. You can view some of Michael Lee Johnson's own poetic works by simply typing:  "Poet:  Michael Lee Johnson" into Google search.  We may or may not have the ability to archive works, as electronic storage space permits.
At this time we aren't a paying market since we don't get paid.
Donations are appreciated to keep this website going-they can be sent to:
 P.O. Box 486 Itasca, IL.  60143   Don't send submissions here.


Submissions to: promomanusa@gmail.com

Include a brief bio of yourself-50 words or less, especially any previous publication credits and contact info.

We only accept e-mail or electronic submissions.

Don't send attachments less they are asked for.  No snail mail-it will be ignored.

Send no more than 4 poems, it you aggravate us, we will delete them.

The word "Submission"  must be in the Subject line.  Editor retains the right to make a few comments about  each selected poem,  if you are selected, you chances of it being positive are good.

As a general rule we require "one time rights" (meaning we plan to publish and use a poem "one time").  We also allow all rights to revert back to the writer upon publication of our issues, which means the writer can have his work back and do with it as he wishes.  If you need to remove a work for any reason, email us.  Simultaneous submissions are ok, if you tell us, and give credit to the publisher (s). 

In the beginning we will select works and post them as quality provides them-and notify the authors when they are accepted. 

Now on You-Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih5WJrjqQ18. Michael Lee Johnsonís brand new poetry chapbook, From Which Place the Morning Rises and his new version of The Lost American: From Exile to Freedom (both with many picture illustrations) is now available at: http://stores.lulu.com/promomanusa. He also has 2 previous chapbooks available at: http://stores.lulu.com/poetryboy.

Birds By My Window: Willow Tree Poems-New Blog!

A new poetry blog, editor, Michael Lee Johnson, is seeking poetry (including Haiku, and Tanka), short non- fiction. and flash fiction. I am now open to new submissions: http://birdsbywindow.blogspot.com/   Email: promomanusa@gmail.com

Wizards Of The Wind,  http://wizardsofthewind.blogspot.com/,  an online poetry ezine, editor Michael Lee Johnson, author of The Lost  American:  From Exile to Freedom, is now accepting submissions from writers.  I am looking for poetry, free verse, Japanese forms, and metric (but not contrived form); very small flash fiction, and small non-fiction articles that reflect a sincere cause or issue.  Be in our initial issue!  Art work appreciated.

 A Tender Touch and a Shade of Blue, http://atendertouch.blogspot.com/, a new poetry blog.  Check submission guidelines and email your work to:  promomanusa@gmail.com.  Art work appreciated.

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All of Michael Lee Johnson's poetry books are now available on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com. Type in Michael Lee Johnson or book titles or simply go to this link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=michael+lee+johnson.

The Lost American:
From Exile to Freedom
By Michael Lee Johnson

The Lost American: From Exile to Freedom is about one man’s journey into exile over the Vietnam War many years ago, his struggle, his survival, his road to recovery and strength manifesting itself through his prose and poems. Many of the poems have been revised and evolved after returning to the United States. Many are new and reflect life after exile. The old poems came off yellowed edged papers, and wrinkled napkins. His imagery is stunning. Mr. Michael Lee Johnson lives with his best friend, Nikki, the cat, and is content to be living in a small suburb of Chicago, Itasca, Illinos. This is a raising star in poetry in the state of Illinois.

Michael Lee Johnson is a freelance writer and poet, who created over 365 poems published in over 385 journals and online publications to date. He is a member of Poets & Writers, Inc and Directory of American Poets & Fictions Writers: http://www.pw.org/. He is a member of The Illinois Authors Directory. Illinois Center for the Book: http://www.illinoiscenterforthebook.org/directory.html. He has been published in the United States, Scotland, Turkey, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Nigeria, Fiji, India, United Kingdom and many others-a total of 22 different countries.  Michael Lee Johnson’s personal website can be found at: http://poetryman.mysite.com/.

Recent publications: The Orange Room Review, Bolts of Silk (UK), Chantarelle’s Notebook, The Foliate Oak Online Literary Magazine, Poetry Cemetery, Official Site of Laura Hird, The Centrifugal Eye, Adagio Verse Quarterly, Scorched Earth Publishing, Ken*Again, Miller’s Pond, A Southern Journal, Apollo’s Lyre, Fresh! On Line Literary Magazine, Bewildering Stories, Zygote In My Coffee, Pens On Fire, Black Biro (Africa), Sage Of Consciousness, Prose Toad, Literary Ezine, Cosmopsis Quarterly (Book contributor), Mississippi Crow, New Graffiti, Poetry Super Highway, Ink Sweat & Tears, Taj Mahal Review, Hammered Out (Canada), Stellar Showcase Journal, Aboveground testing, and many others. Published in United States, Canada, Turkey, New Zealand, Nigeria, India, and United Kingdom. Poets would be nothing without small presses.

Buy It Now!

Now Listed at iUniverse Publishers:

http://www.iuniverse.com/bookstore/book_detail.asp?isbn=0-595-46091-7 The ISBN # is: 0-595-46091-7.

EBook also available at iUniverse at: http://www.iuniverse.com/bookstore/book_detail.asp?isbn=0-595-90391-6 The ISBN # IS: 0-595-90391-6

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We encourage both young and old writers.   Michael Lee Johnson literally dragged his poems around on his back for 10 year in exile, often without a home.  After 35 years his poetry is now hitting the poetry market place and he is 60 years old.  We especially encourage American and Canadian works, since these geographic areas represent our homelands.  Other works, in English will be review with care.  We all need to leave some type of "LEGACY" behind our life journey, no matter how small, long or short that journey is.  This journey is a journal about the distance we travel, and the works we leave behind.


Michael Lee Johnson, Editor

Personal Website:  http://poetryman.mysite.com/