Derrick Weston Brown went viral with his poem, “We Can’t Have Nothing.” How viral did it go? It was all over the internet. Some inmates at San Quintin State Prison did a dramatic interpretation of it. Just when Derrick thought it lost its steam, he and the poem were featured in a segment on Aljazeera. […]
It’s here! The video showcase for Crooked Smiling Light. The video is longer than I expected. So take breaks if you need to. Then, after watching the video, support Plan B Press by purchasing your copy of Crooked Smiling Light https://bit.ly/3iIPzjU
My publisher posted this announcement today on social media. I’m picking up my copies from them tomorrow. If you’re a buyer for a bookstore, my chapbook has an ISBN# (9780977824380). Stay tuned for the video showcase coming soon!
Plan B Press just released Crooked Smiling Light by Alan King. This collection already garnered praise from Maryland Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri andKingsley Tufts Poetry Award-winner John Murillo. Order your copy today. “To read Alan King’s Crooked Smiling Light is to get an honest take on what it means to be a grown ass Black man in a world with little […]
This video is inspired by my poem, “The Island of Smiles,” which appears in my forthcoming chapbook.
I want to thank The Best American Poetry blog for interviewing me and my publisher, Plan B Press, on my upcoming chapbook, CROOKED SMILING LIGHT. It’s coming this month! Stay tuned for blurbs from Maryland Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri and award-winning author and poet John Murillo! But in the meantime, check out my interview with The Best American Poetry […]
In the midst of all the craziness with the election and pandemic, I forgot the 4-year anniversary of my second book, POINT BLANK, which was in October. So while putting in those 10,000 hours of practice, I created a little something for the occasion. I included quotes and blurbs from folks who were generous enough […]
The Sealey Challenge was started by Nicole Sealey. She tasked her friends and fellow poets to read 31 poetry books a day in August. Here’s a shortlist of what I’m enjoying so far.
This video was inspired by my poem of the same name, which I shared in a previous post.
for Jade Rose King and George Floyd A YouTube clip shows a riot ignitedafter police killed George Floyd— torched SUVs, overturned cop cars,armored officers retreating— all of that sinks my wifeinto a deeper postpartum,having made it throughour personal crisis. We watch the python of despaircoil itself around America, blowing outglass storefronts and colliding angry bodiesas […]