The Birth of POINT BLANK

  This piece was written for Free Black Space, an awesome blog by Yao Glover. Here’s an excerpt:   I’m a different poet now than I was when I wrote DRIFT. I wasn’t a father at the time and I’d written most of the poems before meeting my wife. I was a single guy that […]


I keep a quote file in my Evernote. I’ve been collecting quotes and sharing stories on art’s purpose and impact as part of Arts Education Week (Sept. 11 – 19) by tweeting at #ArtsEdWeek and #BecauseOfArtsEd. I decided to make memes and share the inspiration. If there’s a quote or meme that hits you, please […]

New Book from Alan King

Hey Blogworld, I know it’s been a while since I last posted here. With a job, new child and – NOW! – a new book to promote, it’s been hectic. I haven’t had time to do my annual blogiversary posts. I’ll make it back here at some point. In the meantime, I’m amped about my new […]

Was It Karma?

I think I saw her this evening. My wife, Tos, and I were eating dinner before we heard sirens and saw the blue and red lights in front of our house. The badges pulled over a car with three young Black adults. We moved from the living room window to the screened-in porch we kept […]

Doula Sleep Training

When my wife, Tosin, got Dr. Harvey Karp’s Happiest Baby on the Block DVD, we thought we struck gold. No more nights of Jaz pushing me away. Or Jaz crying out her little lungs when we swaddled her. No. This video was going to show us how to soothe and comfort our baby to sleep so […]

#Waterstories: Alan King

Natasha Marin interviewed me for #WaterStories, an independent project by conceptual artist and community organizer, Natasha Marin. Inspired by the work of the Town Creek Foundation, this series seeks to demonstrate that being connected to and concerned about the water near your home is a human instinct. In the wake of the Flint, MI disaster, […]