Sean Johnson

First job: Squeegeeing tennis courts. I climbed the ranks from squeegee boy to towel boy to ball boy until finally I became a man.

Since then: I’ve been a missionary in Patagonia, Chile, a poet (as lucrative as it sounds), and a Certified Project Management Professional® (as fulfilling as it sounds). 

Hidden talents: I can play piano by ear but only with my arms crossed. I have a black belt in thrift shopping.

TL;DR: I’m a copywriting student at VCU Brandcenter. I strive to go past good enough to get to great. I'm always learning.

Choose Your Own Adventure

 The walking dumb.

The walking dumb.


SCHOOL

VCU Brandcenter | 2017–2019
MS in Advertising, Copywriting
• Brandcenter Excellence Scholarship

BYU | 2013–2014, 2005–2009
MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry
• Clinton F. and Naomi B. Larson Scholarship for Creative Writing

BA in English; Editing Minor
• Graduated with University Honors
• New York State Summer Writers Institute Scholarship


WORK

LDS Church | 2014–17, 2010–2012
Copywriter + Creative Lead
• Creative lead for social media, web, and email marketing

Digital Producer
• Managed web production and publishing
• Earned PMP credential
 

AWARDS

• Bronze Cannonball, The Richmond Show
• Academy of American Poets College Prize
• Western Regional Honors Council Award for Poetry
• 1st prize, Vera Hinckley Mayhew Creative Arts Contest
• Carolyn Barnes Poetry Award

They say "write what you know" so I wrote this.


 A voluptuous schnoz is a sign of fertility, bravery, and great wisdom in many extinct cultures.

A voluptuous schnoz is a sign of fertility, bravery, and great wisdom in many extinct cultures.

Note to self. I'm always writing down dumb thoughts that may or may not lead somewhere.

 I collect chairs. This is my favorite. It used to belong to the library where my wife worked.

I collect chairs. This is my favorite. It used to belong to the library where my wife worked.

Kenneth Koch is my favorite poet.

 My brother is a copywriter too. I'm still jealous of his pleated acid wash jeans.

My brother is a copywriter too. I'm still jealous of his pleated acid wash jeans.

 I promise we were happy on our wedding day. It was just very cold.

I promise we were happy on our wedding day. It was just very cold.

 A favorite thrift store find. Early 1970s lithograph, $1.

A favorite thrift store find. Early 1970s lithograph, $1.

#goals

 Me after working 50 hours straight at Brandcenter.

Me after working 50 hours straight at Brandcenter.

 

I used to be into skating. But not the cool kind. Me, age 12.