Willie Johnson is a playwright and essayist based in New York City. His writing has appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times, The Nation, and Thomson Gale's Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. His one-act play "Ice Cream Man" won the Audience Favorite award at the 2015 Unchained Festival in New York, and his play "Blue Balls" was a finalist for the 2016 LaBute New Theater Festival in St. Louis. His newest play, "Age of Extinction", will premier at Verso Loft in Brooklyn in May 2017. He is a proud co-founder of New York's Socialist Theater Alliance.