Daniel Johnson has lived in Roslindale since 2009 with his wife and two children and is perhaps best known on Poplar Street for his long-running end-of-summer pig roast. Daniel loves that Roslindale nurtures independent businesses and hosts one of the city’s most vibrant farmers markets. Daniel is currently Director Emeritus at 826 Boston, a nonprofit youth writing center, in Roxbury’s Egleston Square. Daniel served as the founding executive director from 2009 – 2016. Prior to that role, Daniel, a Teach for America alumnus, spent more than a decade teaching underserved youth in schools, residential settings, and hospitals. He is also a poet and writer, who published How to Catch a Falling Knife with Alice James Books in 2010. His second collection-in-progress, In the Absence of Sparrows, has been featured on PBS News Hour, NPR, and in a number of media outlets. It explores Daniel’s nearly twenty-year friendship with journalist James Foley, who was killed in Syria in 2012. In the winter, Daniel can often be found snowshoeing or cross country skiing in the Arnold Arboretum. He loves to read, bike, cook, hike, and travel with his family.