Live @ 5 Fund Drive for WPFW

So on Wednesday, I jumped into a Lyft while the driver rushed me to WPFW. Thanks to an invitation from Mazi Mutafa (executive director and founder of Words Beat & Life), I shared some poems with Bennie Heron during WPFW’s fund drive. Here’s the first clip from the Live @ 5 reading. Here’s the second clip […]

REVIEW: One Turn Around The Sun by Tim Seibles

A writer’s true power, as Toni Morrison once put it, is his/her ability “to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar.” Tim does both in his latest collection, One Turn Around The Sun, a beautiful tribute to his parents. In this 95-page collection, Tim familiarized his parents who were strangers to this reader. In fact, […]

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 […]