Guyleigh Johnson

Guyleigh Johnson is a published author, poet and community advocate from Dartmouth. She always had a passion for writing, but began to take it more seriously after the death of a family member to gun violence and began using her writing as a tool for healing, leadership and implementing change in her community. 

Guyleigh Johnson


In October 2016 she released Expect The Unexpected a collection of poetry which explored the life and challenges of inner city youth. In 2018 she released her first novel Afraid of the Dark the story a Black teenager navigating her way through family drama, community chaos and the violent deaths of close friends take to finding herself. In 2018 she won the Ancestral Roots Award for written/visual arts presented by the Delmore Buddy Daye Learning Institute. Johnson strives to encourage youth to see their true potential, step out of their comfort zone, and speak up for injustice. She is currently working on a project called The Griot In Me which focuses on Black Canadian History in the National Capital Region, as well as volunteering and participating in various community projects and committees. Whether you follow her Youtube, Facebook or her personal Blog page she is starting the conversation for change. Her purpose is simple, no matter how far she goes in life, she wants youth to be heard, feel seen and she does this by reaching back into her community to educate, take action and support.


justin augustine painting of school girl on bike bicycle

Book publications

2018 Afraid of the Dark (poetry, prosePottersfield Press, East Lawrencetown, NS
2016 Expect The Unexpected  (poetryPottersfield Press, East Lawrencetown, NS

Anthologies, Periodicals

2017 A Letter to My Daughter  (proseUnderstorey Magazine: African Nova Scotian Women Issue #12 Lunenburg NS


Dartmouth NS, Ottawa Ont since 2017