Intro Video for Two-Countries Anthology Launch

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 […]

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.