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 […]

A Poem Video for Poetry Publishers – #NationalPoetryMonth

I wanted to do something different for #NationalPoetryMonth. Instead of cranking out a poem a day for NaPoWriMo (short for National Poetry Writing Month), I wanted to make a video announcing my new manuscript. While this video is targeted at publishers, if you’re not one but enjoyed the video, please share it through your networks. […]

Curtis Crisler’s New Book “…Out-Schools Every School of American Poetry”

Curtis L. Crisler’s new book, “This” Ameri-Can-ah (Cherry Castle Publishing, 2016) “out-schools every school of American poetry.” That’s according to Jericho Brown, American Book Award Winner. Indiana’s Poet Laureate George Kalamaras called Crisler “…the bone man, the heart man, the roaming coyote-man howling from the breath’s bowels.” And the praises don’t stop there. “Curtis L. Crisler has a […]

Cherry Castle Publishing Trailer (Official)

If you haven’t heard of Cherry Castle Publishing, this press is a gem, where diverse voices flourish. It’s also an award-winning indie publisher. I’m honored that Publisher/Co-Founder Truth Thomas, who’s also an award-winning poet, trusted his vision for the video with Humble Bear Production and Sojournals. I want to thank the Cherry Castle Publishing fam, […]

The Light Inside

for Jazmyn King (due date: Dec. 30, 2015) You were a print of light pressed into a waxy dark sheet. Your mom framed you while I carried you in my wallet and phone. I stood in your white room — the black window trim and floor boards, the Espresso dresser and crib watched me fold your […]

What the PLUCK!

Here’s the rundown on this journal, according to the editorial team: pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, takes its name from a Nikky Finney poem of the same title which appeared in RICE. The journal features poetry, prose, and visual art from writers who identify with multicultural experiences based in the Appalachian region. The journal was founded by […]