Tony Medina’s “Broke on Ice”

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 […]

POINT BLANK Named a “Best New Poetry of the New Year 2017”

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 […]

New Trailer for POINT BLANK

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 […]

Resisting Arrest Poetry Reading in DC

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.

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┬áposts. 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. […]