Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities

604.986.1911 ext. 2428
Fir Building, room FR 404


MA, English, Simon Fraser University, 1995.

BA, English, Simon Fraser University, 1991.


Reg Johanson (MA, Simon Fraser University, 1995) teaches writing and contemporary literature from an anti-colonial and anti-capitalist perspective. He has taught at Douglas College, Langara College and Simon Fraser University, in addition to a year teaching ESL in Seoul, Korea. He often teaches in Capilano University's Bachelor of Arts with a major in Liberal Studies program, and occasionally at The Writers Studio at Simon Fraser University and Humanities 101 at UBC.

Johanson is the editor of CUE Books, for which he edited a collection of Annhartes critical prose, AKA Inendagosekwe (CUE 2013). He is the author of several books of poetry, including Courage, My Love (LINEbooks 2006), N 49 19. 47 W 123 8. 11 (Pacific Institute of Language and Literacy Studies, 2008, with Roger Farr and Aaron Vidaver), Escraches (Lefthand Press, 2010), Band of Gypsies (Heavy Industries, 2011) and Mortify (Standard Ink and Copy Press, 2012). His writing has appeared in The Capilano Review, Fifth Estate, West Coast Line, the Open Text anthology series (CUE Books) and elsewhere.

He lives in a rapidly gentrifying East Vancouver on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil Waututh and Squamish people.

The colonial project, historically and in contemporary neo-colonial forms, is a primary shaping force of culture. Like capitalism, the world it has created is often seen as, if not natural, at least inevitable. I like the stories about alternatives and resistance.

Johanson, Reg. a titan bearing many a legitimate grievance, The Capilano Review 3.33, Fall 2017.

Johanson, Reg. Teaching Migration, Detention, Camp, Fifth Estate, Summer 2016.

Johanson, Reg. At Least The Cops Kept Their Distance: Jamie Reids The Eaters, ti-TCR Number 13, Winter 2016.

Johanson, Reg. On Joane Cardinal-Schuberts The Lesson. In Weaving Histories. Eds Clay Little and Sydney Hart. First Nations Student Services at Capilano University and Presentation House Gallery, 2015.

Johanson, Reg. Whats Wrong With Being A Free-Ranging Person: Identity / Violence And Annhartes Syntax of Category and Exception. In Towards Some Air. Eds Fred Wah and Amy Death. Banff Centre Press, 2015.

Johanson, Reg (ed). AKA Inendagosekwe. Annharte. Vancouver: CUE Books, 2013.

Johanson, Reg. Mortify. Chapbook. Standard Ink and Copy, 2013.

Johanson, Reg. FromMortify. The Enpipe Line: 70,000 kms of poetry written in resistance to the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal. Ed. Christine Leclerc. Creekstone, 2012.

Johanson, Reg. FromMortify. Filling Station#52, Spring 2012.

Johanson, Reg. There Is No Place I Am Seeking Anymore: The Limits of Tolerance, Reasonable Accommodation, and the Crisis of Multiculturalism in Machete and District 9. Review. The Parallax: A Cinema Journal. Issue One, Spring 2011.

Johanson, Reg. Who Marks The Changes?: George Stanley At The End / The Beginning. The Capilano Reviewspecial issue on George Stanley 3.14 / Spring 2011. Edited by Brook Houglum and Jenny Penberthy.

Johanson, Reg. Our Bodies Feel Struggle: Loving / Hating the Symptom in Tiqqun and the Invisible Committee. The Capilano Reviewspecial issue: Manifestos Now!3.13 / Winter 2011.

Johanson, Reg. La Commune. Collaborative poem with Steve Collis, Cecily Nicholson, Ray Hsu, Kim Minkus, Clint Burnham, Rita Wong. West Coast Line71 vol. 45 number 3 Fall 2011.

Johanson, Reg. Excerpted From La Commune. Subterrain Vol. 6 #59, Fall 2011.

Johanson, Reg. The Class. Dandelion, 37.1. 2011.

Johanson, Reg. Band of Gypsies.Vancouver: Heavy Industries, 2011.

Johanson, Reg. Inquiring into the symbolic dildo I strap on every day: A Review of Rob Buddes Declining America. The Poetic Front, Vol. 3 (2010).

Johanson, Reg. Guerrilla Backchat with Marie Annharte Baker. Interview. The Capilano Review3.9, Spring 2010.

Johanson, Reg. Escraches. Vancouver: Left Hand Press, 2010.

Johanson, Reg. Mortify.Capitalism Nature SocialismVolume 21 Number 24 December 2010.

Johanson, Reg. Review of Utopian Pedagogy: Radical Experiments Against Neoliberal Globalization.Mark Cote, Richard J.F. Day, and Grieg de Peuter, eds. U of Toronto Press, 2007. The Rain Review of Books, Issue 16, Spring 2009.

Johanson, Reg. From Escraches.Matrix. Issue 84, Fall 2009.

Johanson, Reg. FromEscraches. Open Text: Contemporary Avant Garde Writing in Canada, Vol. 2. Capilano University Editions: North Vancouver, 2009.

Johanson, Reg. Straight Forward Approach: Annhartes Exercises in Lip Pointing. Antiphonies: Essays on Womens Experimental Poetries in Canada. Nate Dorward, ed. The Gig: Toronto, 2008.

Johanson, Reg. N 49 19.47 W 123 8.11(with Roger Farr and Aaron Vidaver). Vancouver: Pacific Institute of Language and Literacy Studies, 2008.

Johanson, Reg. For terrorists read guerrillas: A Few Words on Discourse,Journalism, and Empire in Robert Fisk's The Great War For Civilization: The Conquest of the Middle East. Parser, Gabriola Island, May 2007.

Johanson, Reg. Homes Not Game Shows. West Coast Line53 vol. 41 no. 1. Spring 2007. Special issue on representations of murdered and missing women, edited by Amber Dean and Anne Stone.

From Plug. The Capilano Review, 3 / 1&2 Winter Spring 2007.

Johanson, Reg. Courage, My Love. Vancouver: LINEbooks, 2006.

Johanson, Reg. Review of Planet of Slums(Verso 2006) by Mike Davis. The Rain Review of Books, Issue 4:2 Summer-Autumn 2006.

Johanson, Reg. Standard English. Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics#15-16, 2006

Johanson, Reg. Review (with Roger Farr) of Poets Talk: Conversations with Robert Kroetsch, Daphne Marlatt, Erin Moure, Dionne Brand, Marie Annharte Baker, Jeff Derksen, and Fred Wah.University of Alberta Press, 2005 and Writing in Our Time: Canadas Radical Poetries in English (1957-2003). Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2005. Both volumes edited by Susan Rudy and Pauline Butling. The Vancouver Rain Review of Books, November 2005-January 2006.

Johanson, Reg. Saussure Heckles. 71(+) For GB: An Anthology for George Bowering.Jean Baird, David McFadden, and George Stanley, eds. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2005.

Johanson, Reg. From Chips.Shift and Switch: New Canadian Writing, Derek Beaulieu, Angela Rawlings, Jason Christie, eds. Ottawa: Mercury, 2005.

Johanson, Reg.Citizens Arrest. Companions and Horizons: An Anthology of Simon Fraser University Poetry. Ed. Stephen Collis. West Coast Line Books, 2005.

Johanson, Reg. Blue Streak. FrontMagazine, Spring 2004.

Johanson, Reg. Chips. Vancouver:Thuja Books, 2001.

Johanson, Reg. Citizens Arrest. W4, Spring 2001.


2017: Stenistolw Indigenous Adult Education Conference, Camosun College, Victoria, BC, August 23-25.

2017: Farr / Johanson / Vidaver 2. Reading. October 11, 2017, Vancouver, BC.

2017: Farr / Johanson / Vidaver. Reading. January 27, 2017, Vancouver, BC.

2016: CICan Indigenous Education Symposium, Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon, February 23-25, 2016.

2015: Lunchtime Talk with Tarah Hogue on Art and Residential Schools. First Nations Student Services, Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC, Feb. 27 2015.

2015: Teachers Course, Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, Yellowknife, NWT, June 2015.

2014: Lunch Poems at SFU. Reading. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, April 16, 2014.

2011: 6 Problems For The Durutti Free Skool. Pamphlet prepared for Durutti Free Skool conference, August 12-14 2011, Oakland Berkeley, CA. Co-authored with Danielle Lafrance, Patrick Morrison, Roger Farr, Aaron Vidaver, and Louis Cabri.

2011: La commune--To The Barricades. Reading. VIVO, Vancouver BC. May 28 2011. With Mercedes Eng, Cecily Nicholson, Kim Minkus, Ray Hsu, Steve Collis.

2011: Reading. Cross Border / Shared Coast Poetry Convergence. Field Work Gallery, Portland OR. April 30 2011. With Jen Currin, Peter Mcdonald, Christine Leclerc, Cecily Nicholson, Carmen Papalia, and Mercedes Eng.

2011: The Lone Gunman: Interventions and the Pathologies of Institutions. Paper presented at The Conference on the Conference. Goldcorp Center for Contemporary Art, Simon Fraser University. Vancouver BC, March 4 & 5 2011.

2011: Reading. Word Ruckus, Kelowna Community Theatre, Kelowna BC. March 25 2011. Curated by Jake Kennedy and Kevin Mcpherson Eckhoff.

2010: Reading and talk. Big Pelt Talkies III. Seattle, Washington. March 21, 2010.

2010: Reading. Tangent Reading Series, Portland, Oregon. March 13, 2010.

2010: Reading. A Night Of Revolutionary Poetry. VIVO. Vancouver BC, Nov. 12 2010. Curated by Cecily Nicholson, Althea Thauberger, Nicholas Perrin, Am Johal, and Donato Mancini.

2010: Talk on George Stanley. Respondency West Reading Series. Vancouver BC, Nov. 4 2010. Curated by Jordan Scott and Jason Christie.

2010: Reading. University of Northern BC. Prince George, BC, Nov. 1 2010.

2008: Nothing to Lose But Funding: Recognition, Recuperation, and Decolonizing the Culture Apparatus. Paper presented at Positions N 49 15.832 W 123 05.921 Colloquium, Vancouver, BC. Aug. 19-24, 2008.

2007: Reading. Test Reading Series, Mercer Union Center for Contemporary Art, Toronto April 26 2007. Curated by Mark Trustcott.

2007: Reading. The Capilano Review, 35th Anniversary Reading. Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, BC. Sept. 13, 2007.