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July 7, 1906|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
July 7, 1995 (aged 89)|
New York, U.S.
Johnson's literary career began when she won first prize in a short story competition sponsored by the Boston Chronicle. She also received an honorable mention in a poetry contest organized by Opportunity, the journal of the National Urban League that was one of the leading showcase for the talents of African-American artists.
She reached the height of her popularity in 1927 when her poem "Bottled" was published in the May issue of Vanity Fair. In 1935, Johnson’s last published poems appeared in Challenge: A Literary Quarterly.
She continued to write a poem a day for the rest of her life.
Johnson, whose given name was Helen, spent her early years at her grandfather’s house in Boston. The rest of her formative years were spent in Brookline, Massachusetts.
In 1933, Johnson married William Warner Hubbell III. The couple had one child, Abigail, before divorcing.
- Pace, Eric. "Helene Johnson, Poet of Harlem, 89, Dies". Retrieved 2018-03-10.
- Shockley, Ann Allen. African-American Women Writers 1746-1933: An Anthology and Critical Guide. New Haven, Connecticut: Meridian Books.
- Patton, Venetria K., Maureen Honey. Double Take: A Revisionist Harlem Renaissance Anthology. Rutgers University Press (2001). ISBN 0-8135-2930-1
- Review of This Waiting for Love by Helene Johnson, Poet of the Harlem Renaissance
- Article by poet Rita Dove, 2000
- AA Registry Entry for Helene Johnson.
- Essential Poems (To Fall in Love With) by Daisy Goodwin (contains Helene Johnson's poem, "Futility")
- Article by Linda Lewis
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