The Romantic Muse
Arnold Johnston & Deborah Ann Percy Celebrate Love
Join Arnold Johnston and Deborah Ann Percy for an evening celebrating love – they’ll perform short plays, poetry, and songs.
Arnold (Arnie) Johnston was born in Cambuslang, Scotland, near Glasgow. When he was nearly ten, the Johnston family emigrated to the U.S., settling in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Wayne State University, Johnston earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in modern literature at the University of Delaware. He returned to Michigan to teach at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Long-time teacher in the creative writing program he co-founded, and founder of the playwriting program, he is now a full-time writer-performer. His poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and translations have been widely published. His books include What the Earth Taught Us (March Street Press, 1996), Of Earth and Darkness: The Novels of William Golding (University of Missouri, 1980), The Witching Voice: A Novel from the Life of Robert Burns (Wings Press, 2009), and Sonnets: Signs and Portents (Finishing Line Press, 2013).
Deborah Ann Percy
Deborah Ann Percy earned the MFA in Creative Writing at Western Michigan University. She writes and publishes both fiction and drama. Her plays, including her full-length serious comedy Dream Time, and those written in collaboration with her husband, Arnold Johnston, have won many awards and productions nationwide, including numerous stagings by Love Creek Productions and AAI Productions in NYC. Ms. Percy and her husband have together won the Sunset Center Festival of Firsts, the Dogwood and Market House national one-act contests, and the Writer's Digest Playwriting Competition. Ms. Percy was principal of Maple Street Magnet School, a Center for the Arts, in the Kalamazoo Public Schools from 1997 until 2007, when she retired to devote herself full-time to writing.