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Alan King is a husband, father, and artist, who lives with his family in Bowie, MD. He is the author of Crooked Smiling Light (Plan B Press, 2021); Point Blank (Silver Birch Press, 2016), a Washington Post bestseller; and Drift (Aquarius Press/Willow Books, 2012). He’s also an award-winning documentary filmmaker and poet.
As a staff writer for the Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper, King often out-scooped the Baltimore Sun when covering housing and the Baltimore City Council. His three-part series on East Baltimore’s redevelopment and the displaced residents brought together stakeholders (community leaders, elected officials, and developers) to work out a plan that gave vulnerable residents a role in helping to build up the city’s blighted neighborhoods.
During a trip to Kingston, Jamaica, King introduced AFRO readers to the island’s rich history by highlighting its national heroes such as Marcus Garvey and Bob Marley. Additionally, his historic pieces from slavery to emancipation helped his readers understand the significance of the island’s 47th Independence Day celebration.
As a research assistant at the Center for Public Integrity, a government watchdog organization of investigative journalists, King helped compile examples of corruption for The Buying of the Presidency 2008 book.
King is a visiting author for Pen Faulkner’s Writers-in-Schools program, helping to inspire the next generation of readers and writers. Through Pen Faulkner, his visits, as one teacher puts it, helps young people “see literature as it happens, rather than as it happened in history.”
King’s honors include fellowships from Cave (cah-veh) Canem (cah-nem) and Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) Foundation, three Pushcart Prize nominations as well as three nominations for Best of the Net selection.
He’s a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA Low-Residency Program at the University of Southern Maine. His poems and short stories appear in various literary journals, magazines and were featured on public radio.