POINT BLANK Reviewed in the Washington City Paper

The Washington City Paper is out! This week’s issue includes a review of POINT BLANK. Here’s an excerpt: “Poetry that tells stories is good when you can find it. But it’s not always easy for that kind of poetry to tell interesting stories. Local poet Alan King’s narrative poems are the rare ones that hit…high […]

Intro Video for Two-Countries Anthology Launch

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 […]

Tony Medina’s “Broke on Ice”

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 […]

How It Feels

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.

POINT BLANK Named a “Best New Poetry of the New Year 2017”

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 […]