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
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.
The Readings by authors from the Little Patuxent Review event on Saturday at The Writer’s Center was fun! I had a great time reading, listening to the other readers, and recording the event for The Little Patuxent Review! You can check out the YouTube playlist of the recording below.
When I sent the manuscript for my first book out, I spent a grip on submission fees for book contests. My first book was eventually published, but not because of a contest. So when it was time to send out the manuscript for my current book, I took a different approach that I share in […]
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 […]
Big thanks to The Little Patuxent Review for inviting me to submit this guest blog post as part of their Concerning Craft series. When the impulse hits and the words come, I keep myself open for how the poem wants to guide me. (My poems usually come to me as a series of images from […]
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 […]