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 […]
This year, POINT BLANK turned 2, which is geriatric in book years. (I wrote about that in this post.) Despite that, it was reviewed eight times and selected as a Book of the Month. Not bad for a book the industry would consider is over the hill. Check out my Year in Review to see […]
I’m so grateful to College of Southern Maryland for this opportunity. I just got the recording of my reading. Their Connections reading series previously hosted poets including Frank X. Walker and Tim Seibles. If you want to digest this reading in small chunks, watch the clips on YouTube.
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 […]
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 […]
On Oct. 18, 2016, Silver Birch Press took a chance with me and published my latest poetry collection, POINT BLANK. A lot happened since then. For starters, I got a review in the Washington City Paper. My book made a Winter Reading list and was promoted at 25 readings/book signings. I even got blessed by a […]
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 […]
I’m still swooning from the review in Issue 3 of Auburn Avenue. Especially from this: Read the full review.
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 […]
The Bowie Blade News highlighted my new book, Point Blank. (Click the image to enlarge.)