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.
Posted by Alan King on Friday, July 27, 2018
My latest book, Point Blank, is 2-plus years old. If it was a person, it’d just be learning the words to express its frustration. It’d be in a high chair, throwing a tantrum. It’d be flinging food on the walls. It’d be laughing as it’s distressed parents, overwhelmed with sleeplessness, throw up their hands and […]
Two days ago, some good friends and I did a D.C. launch for the anthology, Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents, at The Potter’s House in D.C. Here’s the recap from that wonderful evening: D.C. Launch of Two-Countries Anthology
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 […]
I’m grateful to Run & Tell That magazine for this close reading and review of POINT BLANK: Art collides with personal experience collides with history and the violence of segregation becomes the pain of diaspora becomes the destruction of war. This slippage is where King pushes the limits of ekphrasis and turns Point Blank’s poems […]
In her January Exemplar column for the Washington Independent Review of Books, poet and playwright Grace Cavalieri listed books with brief reviews for categories that included “Best Prose,” “Best Translation,” “Best Anthology,” “Best Chapbooks” and “Best Literary Journal.” POINT BLANK was listed in “Best Poetry” alongside Philip Levine‘s The Last Shift and Nin Andrews‘s Our […]
I’m honored to be on this list with so many great writers. Click the Facebook post below to read the full list. Point Blank is available on Amazon. You can also find it at your local bookstore.
Last night, Jan Bowman and Derrick Weston Brown’s reading at the Columbia Art Center turned into a lesson on empathy. Read the story.