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 […]
EDITOR’S NOTE: I wrote this piece back in 2011 and pitched it to a journal that promised to publish it. It’s obvious that didn’t happen, which is why – in honor of National Poetry Month and Dr. Tony Medina, I running it here. For decades, the everyman personas such as Simple (Langston Hughes), Tramp (Charlie […]
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 […]
The Bowie Blade News highlighted my new book, Point Blank. (Click the image to enlarge.)
This trailer, “Hulk,” is inspired by the poem of the same name from my new collection, POINT BLANK, which was named among the “10 Best Poetry Books of 2016” by Beltway Poetry. The narrative poems explore the various black male archetypes resulting from racism, classism, and related economic disparities while showing their humanity in a […]
Poet Lauren K. Alleyne invoked Lucille Clifton’s spirit by opening her set with the late poet’s poem, “won’t you celebrate with me.” When Lauren recited the final lines, “…come celebrate/with me that everyday/something has tried to kill me/and has failed,” a collective exhale came from the standing-room-only crowd. Read the full article.
Last night, Jan Bowman and Derrick Weston Brown’s reading at the Columbia Art Center turned into a lesson on empathy. Read the story.
Last night, Le Hinton brought the house down with a wonderful reading at the Wohlfarth Galleries in D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood. Read about it.
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 […]