tuque /tūk/ n Canadian English, var. toque [19th c. Canadian French, from the French toque, from the Basque tauka] 1 A close-fitting knitted cap, often with a long tapering end or tassel or pompom. 2 fig Something quintessentially Canadian.
souq /sūk/ n from the Arabic سوق var. souk 1 An open-air marketplace. 2 fig A central meeting place for the circulation of news and ideas.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Richard Alexander Johnson

Richard Alexander Johnson is an award-winning writer, editor, photographer and project consultant. [LinkedIn]

His writing and/or photography have appeared in The WalrusThe Globe and MailThis MagazineTolkion, the Journal of the Harvard Mountaineering Club, the Ryerson Free Press, and more

Born in Toronto, Richard lived in the United States, Jordan, Tunisia, Sweden, and Israel/Palestine - writing and photographing along the way - before returning to the city of his birth in 2005.

In March 2010, he took a one-year leave of absence as the Communications Manager of the National Magazine Awards Foundation in Toronto, to pursue volunteer work as a Communications Advisor with the People's Rural Education Movement (PREM) in Berhampur, Orissa, India, a position obtained through CUSO-VSO, a global volunteer-work placement organization.

He received a Masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies (Anthropology) from Harvard University, after a B.Sc. in Finance and Economics from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He has previously been a teacher of English, a features editor of a newspaper, an emergency relief volunteer, co-author of an encyclopedia, and an intern at The Walrus magazine. He speaks Arabic, French and a bit of Spanish, plus enough snippets of Oriya and Swedish not to get lost.

His professional interests include the Middle East, the Palestine conflict and peace process, Arabic/Islamic history and culture, India and India's indigenous tribes, Canada's aboriginal populations, the Arctic, Newfoundland and outdoor adventure. When not completely engrossed in the above, you'll find him happily backcountry hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, and working toward his official certification in genealogy. His cameras are never far away.

In Brief...

Richard Alexander Johnson
B.Sc., M.A.
Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ); 
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)

Résumé [pdf]

richard [at] canadazone.com

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