Jaz’s first time at Santa Monica Beach

I’m coming back from our family trip to California to help my wife’s “Granny” (foster mom) celebrate her 80th birthday. Our trip took us from San Francisco to Los Angeles to Santa Monica, then back to Los Angeles. I made this video of Jaz’s first time at Santa Monica Beach.

2018 Michael J. Clark Award!

Now that the news is public, I want to shout a huge thank you to The Little Patuxent Review for selecting me to be this year’s recipient of the 2018 Michael J. Clark Award! LPR gives out the Michael J. Clark award annually for one piece published in the previous year. The editors selected my […]

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 […]