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Cover Art - Darcy Hawes

The Saint I Ain’t: Stories from Sycamore Street


the saint i ain’t


my relationship 

with the nuns who taught 

and tyrannized us 

at saint agnes school, 

went downhill from day one 

of first grade.



Sinners, saints and saviors collide in Bobby Johnston’s stories, which chronicle the savagery and poetry of oppressive Catholic upbringing in 1970s Rust-Belt America. Johnston weaves landscapes of transgression and absolution, humor and resilience into his sharp-eyed tapestry of recall.


Video promo: “Sister Vincent”

Interview   The Pen & Muse

Article - Pasadena Weekly

Review - Olean Times Herald

Music & Interview on WFMU

‍ (Interview starts about 8 minutes in)

Vroman’s Bookstore Crowdcast


About the Author

Bobby Johnston is a Los Angeles based film composer and multi-instrumentalist. “The Saint I Ain’t: Stories from Sycamore Street” is his first book.