Press/reviews of my books

LBR Reading at the Enoch Pratt Free Library

Little Patuxent Review produced this reading I did with Tafisha Edwards, Joseph Ross and Mike Brokos. You can listen to the recording here.


Here’s a review of DRIFT by the amazing Barrett Warner at Coal Hill Review


Drift is divided into nine roomy sections of between one and twelve poems each. I read one section a day in a span that included busheling some tomatoes for sauce canning, skipping a pitchfork, writing a poem for Saemus Heaney (how original), loading a piano onto a truck, and making love to my wife twice (once downstairs). It’s so pleasant to carry on with them, here and there, sharing King’s world with mine.

Read the entire review here.

Here’s a review in the Weekender edition of West Virginia’s The Journal

I’m indebted to the wonderful Sonja James for this wonderful review. You can read it here.

Here’s a blog piece about my reading at NYC’s Bryant Park

Randall Horton, Tony Medina, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and myself were invited to read at the wonderful outdoor “reading room”. You can read about that evening here.

Here’s an article on my reading at A Night of Poetry and Jazz: The Legacy Lives On

Professor Kateema Lee, of Montgomery College (Germantown Campus), invited me to read with poets Carlo Paul and Shanna Smith at her college’s black history event. You can read about that night here.

Me reading on The Poet and the Poem

Poet Grace Cavalieri had me record some poems on her show The Poet and The Poem at the Library of Congress. You can listen to the recording here.

Me Reading on the LSP Effect’s “The Flow” radio show

I’m reading from my debut poetry collection DRIFT. You can listen to a recording of the show here.

Me reading at the CityLit Festival in Baltimore (Video)

Thanks to Derrick Weston Brown for recording this. I’m reading a poem from the Little Patuxent Review’s Social Justice Issue. Check out the video here.

James Cageney’s Review of DRIFT

Here’s an excerpt:

The beauty of King’s poetry here is how it identifies the relationships and desires that connect all of us…King lyrically finds a way to allow the reader to live the sentiment through him.

You can read the entire interview here.

Me and Derrick Weston Brown on WPFW’s 2KNation show for National Poetry Month

Derrick Weston Brown and I read from our debut collections–WISDOM TEETH (Derrick) and DRIFT (me)–on WPFW. You can listen to a recording of the show here.

Truth Thomas reviews DRIFT


Alan King’s literary talent is tall like the sky, expansive as the earth, and stirring as a John Coltrane solo.  In Drift, his impressive debut work, he makes it clear that he is both a poet who reports, and a reporter with poetic gifts akin to gold.  Indeed, like the great Walt Whitman[1], who wrote over a century before him, King is a formally trained journalist (a former staff writer for The Afro-American Newspaper[2]), and a bard with some serious poetic chops.

You can read the entire review here.

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