Ahead of the Oct. 24th D.C. launch of Two-Countries anthology, we have this intro video of the editor (Tina Schumann) explaining the process of taking this project from idea to publication. I’m grateful for Tina not only including me in this anthology (alongside other contributors like Li-Young Lee and Ocean Vuong to name a few), but for also […]
I’m grateful to Run & Tell That magazine for this close reading and review of POINT BLANK: Art collides with personal experience collides with history and the violence of segregation becomes the pain of diaspora becomes the destruction of war. This slippage is where King pushes the limits of ekphrasis and turns Point Blank’s poems […]
Here’s a poem for National Poetry Month. Posted by Alan King on Wednesday, April 19, 2017
EDITOR’S NOTE: I wrote this piece back in 2011 and pitched it to a journal that promised to publish it. It’s obvious that didn’t happen, which is why – in honor of National Poetry Month and Dr. Tony Medina, I running it here. For decades, the everyman personas such as Simple (Langston Hughes), Tramp (Charlie […]
I’m grateful to Rattle for publishing my poem, “How It Feels,” in their current issue. I also appreciate the encouraging words from friends. I’m dedicating the poem to any new parent(s) who’s had to defend their best choices against others’ judgments.
In her January Exemplar column for the Washington Independent Review of Books, poet and playwright Grace Cavalieri listed books with brief reviews for categories that included “Best Prose,” “Best Translation,” “Best Anthology,” “Best Chapbooks” and “Best Literary Journal.” POINT BLANK was listed in “Best Poetry” alongside Philip Levine‘s The Last Shift and Nin Andrews‘s Our […]
The Bowie Blade News highlighted my new book, Point Blank. (Click the image to enlarge.)
This trailer, “Hulk,” is inspired by the poem of the same name from my new collection, POINT BLANK, which was named among the “10 Best Poetry Books of 2016” by Beltway Poetry. The narrative poems explore the various black male archetypes resulting from racism, classism, and related economic disparities while showing their humanity in a […]
I’m honored to be on this list with so many great writers. Click the Facebook post below to read the full list. Point Blank is available on Amazon. You can also find it at your local bookstore.
Poet Lauren K. Alleyne invoked Lucille Clifton’s spirit by opening her set with the late poet’s poem, “won’t you celebrate with me.” When Lauren recited the final lines, “…come celebrate/with me that everyday/something has tried to kill me/and has failed,” a collective exhale came from the standing-room-only crowd. Read the full article.