Facing Race in America

Sometimes, when people discuss removing Confederate statues from places of public honor, they ask where the removals will end. They wonder if we should remove public honors from anyone who owned slaves, assisted the Confederacy. Simply put, the answer is “Yes.” America needs to dive into its history with honesty and decide to stop honoringContinue reading “Facing Race in America”

Guest Blogger Jimmy Friday’s Poetic Response to Police Brutality

I’m grateful and honored that my friend, Jimmy Friday, wrote this poem for my blog. Jimmy is a husband and father raising two Black sons. He lives in Houston, Texas. #ThatDidntAgeWell By Jimmy Friday Hypocrisy and lack of action, don’t age well. Turning a blind eye on THIS issue (to my detriment) but caring aboutContinue reading “Guest Blogger Jimmy Friday’s Poetic Response to Police Brutality”


I’m thrilled to share the you can now pre-order Raising King from Willow Books HERE. It will be published on September 15, 2020 and you will get it first, in the mail, at your home! Advanced Praise for Raising King: Raising King is a groundbreaking poetry collection that helps to rescue the radically compassionate legacyContinue reading “Pre-Order RAISING KING”

This Teacher Appreciates Teachers

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher. I’ve had some great teachers and I’ve had some weak ones. Both influenced me for the good. Sometimes, seeing something done poorly can be a powerful motivation to do it well. But mostly, teachers who stirred up something inside me have hadContinue reading “This Teacher Appreciates Teachers”

JosephRoss.net Gets a Fresh Cut!

With Raising King coming out in September, I wanted for my website to get a fresh cut! It’s been a while in the making, but it’s finally done. Big Thanks to Robert Waxman. Without his skill and patience it would never have happened. The site has many of the same elements as the old oneContinue reading “JosephRoss.net Gets a Fresh Cut!”

Raising King on 9/15/2020

Raising King invites readers to journey with Martin Luther King, Jr. from Montgomery to Memphis. These poems, some in Dr. King’s voice, some in other voices from his time, offer the reader a new way to understand the compassionate and prophetic life of Dr. King. I’m excited to say that Raising King will be availableContinue reading “Raising King on 9/15/2020”

From Home: “A Single Garment of Destiny”

Friends: Today I begin a series of reflections titled “From Home.” While I, like millions of others during this pandemic, am working and writing from home, I want to use some of my time to reflect on our times, our world, my country, my own days. I begin this series exploring one of Dr. Martin LutherContinue reading “From Home: “A Single Garment of Destiny””

Christmas 2019: A Wounded World

In the northern hemisphere, these are the darkest days of the year. The hours of daylight drop to their smallest number until the Solstice, on December 22nd. Until then, the light in the world dims. The world’s darkness isn’t only physical, of course. In Washington, D.C. where I live, the physical world is darkening withContinue reading “Christmas 2019: A Wounded World”