PORTLAND, OR; September 29, 2021— Discover the best and worst of what it means to find yourself in the modern world. Transitions by E.A. Johnson, a story told through poetry, follows a troubled adolescent on the verge of both self destruction and self actualization.
When a young man finds himself in that awkward stage between middle and high school, a difficult time for anyone, he begins to understand what it means to find yourself in the modern world. Between navigating life both in school and online, his family begins to crumble around him, and everything he once relied on becomes everything he fears. As the struggles at home and school pile up, he begins to lose the few things he has left until he feels there is nothing left to lose.
When he thinks he’s lost everything, the only things left are self-destructive urges. When he finds his father’s pain pills, he thinks he finds a way out of his own pain. Instead, he discovers that when everything looks like the end, if you hold on just a little longer, you might just find a new beginning.
Transitions explores some very difficult topics such as bullying, teen and adult addiction, abusive relationships, and suicide. But it also explores the depths of love and support that surround us even when we think we’re alone, leading to the conclusion that even in the darkest moments of our lives there is a way back to the light.
About E.A. Johnson
E.A. Johnson is a High School English teacher who has had the privilege of working with students in an important transition time in their life. While recently he teaches mostly seniors, he has worked with all grade levels at different times in his 15 year career. When he’s not teaching, he can be found wandering in the woods looking for a good lake to swim in or playing in the back yard with his own children. And while they still get up in the middle of the night— nightmares are real—he wouldn’t change a thing. You can find his previous poetry collection The Conditions We Live published by Unsolicited Press, You can find some of his other poems in The Chaffey Review (Spring 2010), The Battered Suitcase (Winter 2010), and Writing Tomorrow (February 2012). If you’re looking for something a little different, he has also published a choose your own adventure story as an Alexa skill titled “Dreamweaver Unlocked,” and his first full-length novel Under the Shadow’s Eye, book one of the Dreamweaver Diaries. For more information or updates, check out his website: ericjohnsonwriter.com
About Unsolicited Press
Unsolicited Press was founded in 2012 and is based in Portland, OR. The press strives to produce exceptional works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from award-winning authors. Learn more at www.unsolicitedpress.com.
Transitions available on September 29, 2021 as a paperback (166 p.; 978-1-950730-78-0) and e-book (all major retailers). The title is distributed to the trade by Ingram. The author is open to speaking opportunities, interviews with the media, and readings. Electronic review copies are available upon request.
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