Live @ 5 Fund Drive for WPFW

So on Wednesday, I jumped into a Lyft while the driver rushed me to WPFW. Thanks to an invitation from Mazi Mutafa (executive director and founder of Words Beat & Life), I shared some poems with Bennie Heron during WPFW’s fund drive. Here’s the first clip from the Live @ 5 reading. Here’s the second clip […]

My #BlackJoy

Tashi Ko started the #BlackJoy movement. And, as with everything else, I’m late as hell. But #BlackJoy comes when it wants to, and in unexpected ways. It came to me today, watching a 2-and-half-year-old doing her. Tos thought Jaz’s hair appointment was a week earlier than it actually is, but #BlackJoy is Jaz enjoying her […]

No Country for Old Books…Or So It Seems

My latest book, Point Blank, is 2-plus years old. If it was a person, it’d just be learning the words to express its frustration. It’d be in a high chair, throwing a tantrum. It’d be flinging food on the walls. It’d be laughing as it’s distressed parents, overwhelmed with sleeplessness, throw up their hands and […]

On The Margin With Ethelbert Miller

I’m still riding the high from this morning. I had a great time speaking with poet and literary advocate Ethelbert Miller on WPFW’s ON THE MARGIN. We laughed a lot, talked about fatherhood and poetry, the times we’re living in, Split This Rock and more! Oh yeah, Ethelbert also shouted out Derrick Weston Brown (he […]

REVIEW: One Turn Around The Sun by Tim Seibles

A writer’s true power, as Toni Morrison once put it, is his/her ability “to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar.” Tim does both in his latest collection, One Turn Around The Sun, a beautiful tribute to his parents. In this 95-page collection, Tim familiarized his parents who were strangers to this reader. In fact, […]