In 1927, Johnson published another volume of poetry -- in the forms of verse sermons -- called God's Trombones. A digital edition of that book is available here. It contains "The Creation," a poem Johnson had first published in 1920, and which was widely anthologized during the Harlem Renaissance. .
Johnson was born in Jacksonville, Florida and attended Atlanta University, a Historically Black university. He and his brother later moved to New York City. Johnson also occupied a position of prominence with the NAACP, serving as its executive director between 1920 and 1930.