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Today's #PiecesofEight writing workshop at @mahoganybooks & @duendedistrict led by Alan King (@awking020881 ) was amazing. For 2.5 hours King used exercises from such stellar poet/teachers like #frankxwalker #stephendobyns & #TimSeibels that really helped our band of writers let loose and generate some stunning work! They also left with copies of King's recently released second book of poetry, "Point Blank" which was included in the workshop fee. The writers left energized and are going to form their own writing group. For the second month of this workshop's existence Is say it's really becoming something wonderful. Who's the next great facilator next month. Stay tuned and be sure to join subscribe to Mahogany Books and Duende District Books newsletters for upcoming readings and workshops schedules. #dcpoetry #NaPoWriMo #poetsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #weneeddiversebooks #PiecesofEight #derrickwestonbrown

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Join us for our Duende District x MahoganyBooks Pieces of Eight Workshop Series, hosted by poet Alan King. “A fixture on the D.C. MD VA scene since 1999, Alan has at one time blessed every Open Mic spot throughout the area. Mangoes, he was there; Brookland Cup Of Dreams, he was there. The “first” Java Head Cafe in College Park, he was there. The first Mocha Hut on 14th St, he was there. Yogi’s Records, he was there; Harambe’s in Adams Morgan, he was there. Teaism, he was there; and Bar Nun, he was there. This cat is a walking history book of D.C. poetry. Not only that, he’s a dynamic performer and prolific writer” — Derrick Weston Brown, poet-in-resident at the 14th and V streets Busboys and Poets. About the Workshop: Have Writer’s Block? Too often, writers find themselves in a space where the words won’t come, can’t come. There are other times where writers find themselves in a space where they are not satisfied with what they are writing, or even how the words are arriving to the page. Poet and journalist Alan King will give you a few ways to jump start your creativity and generate new work. RSVP at mahoganybooks.com/blog About the Facilitator: Alan King is the author of POINT BLANK (Silver Birch Press, 2016) and DRIFT (Willow Books, 2012). King’s honors include fellowships from Cave Canem and Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) Foundation, three Pushcart Prize nominations as well as three nominations for Best of the Net selection. His poems and short stories appear in various literary journals, magazines and are featured on public radio. He’s a husband, father and communications professional who blogs about art and social issues at alanwking.com. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, he holds an MFA from the Stonecoast Program.

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Alan King #alanking #littlepatuxentreview

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Thank you @pennbookcenter for carrying POINT BLANK!

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The Big Three after the #DuendeDistrict books Poetry reading

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The King @awking020881 doing his thing @duendedistrict

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Happy Indie Authors Day 💚. A Book fairy dropped this book of Poems at the Boston Public Library. . Name of Book: Point Blank . Name of Author: Alan King . About the book: In Point Blank, we are given an intimate look at one's man's inner and outer life, but there's no navel- gazing nonsense. There's always an awareness, implied or explicit, of the sociopolitical crucible. With language both tough-minded and celebratory, Alan King ignites the important details of his experience, compelling us to ask what-plus-what added up to our own lives. #indiebook #ibelieveinbookfairies #bookfairiesworldwide #bookfairiesusa #poems #alanking #silverbirchpress #sociopolitical #maryland #baltimore #alanwking #creativewriting #trinidadandtobago #America #book #goodread #foodforthesoul #boston #boylston #bostonpubliclibrary #copley #indiebookfairies #independentauthors #independentauthorsday

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Happy to shutdown the #awp17 book fair with #BlackPoetsSpeakOut.

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