Poetry

My poem “Late” from Raising King, is featured in the New York Times Magazine, September 17, 2020. Find it here: “Late.”

It was an honor to serve as the featured poet for the 2020 Lucille Clifton Reading, sponsored by the Howard County Poetry & Literature Society. Here is a link to the entire reading which includes a welcome from Susan Thornton Hobby, introduction by poet E. Ethelbert Miller, and then the reading. Thanks to poet and friend, Alan King for capturing this reading. 2020 Lucille Clifton Reading featuring Joseph Ross reading from Raising King.

Willie Louis, an 18 year-old man who testified against the killers of Emmett Till in 1955, Money, Mississippi.

Thanks to Susan Hobby of the Howard County Poetry & Literature Society for writing a blog post about my Willie Louis poems. Louis testified in Mississippi in 1955 against the men who killed Emmett Till. Here’s the post!

My poem “For Zella Ziona” appears in the anthology WHAT SAVES US: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the age of Trump, edited by Martin Espada, 2019, from Curbstone Books, Northwestern University Press.

My poem, “On John Coltrane’s ‘After the Rain'” was recently published on BourgeonOnline. Check it out.

Click here for my 8/6/2017 reading and interview with Isaac Asare on “The Random Hour” from Radio Fairfax. I read several poems from ACHE and talk about poetry and protest.

Click HERE to listen in on my “Poet and the Poem” reading and interview from the Library of Congress with Grace Cavalieri. This was recorded October 6, 2016. Thanks to Grace Cavalieri and Mike Turpin. I read ten poems and Grace and I talk for about thirty minutes.

In this episode of Howard County Poetry & Literature Society’s “The Writing Life,” my friend, poet E. Ethelbert Miller interviews me at Howard Community College.

“Praise Song / Sorrow Song: DEMZ” and “March 24, 1980” Both of these poems appear in Origins Journal. Check them out here.

“Trayvon Martin: Requiem” has been published by WORDPEACE,
an online poetry journal focusing on questions of justice and peace.
Thanks to editors Monica Hand and Lori Desrosiers.

“Nelson Mandela Speaks to Trayvon Martin” Filmed by
Kirsten Leenars, 2015 D.C. Arts Center, #thisistomorrow.

 


“If Mamie Till Was The Mother of God” Read by Katy Richey
for #BlackPoetsSpeakOut #BlackLivesMatter

Split This Rock Poetry Database has three of my poems: “If You Leave Your Shoes,” “Hammering on Rocks,” and “In A Summer of Snipers.” Check them out at Split This Rock.

“When Your Word Is a Match” and “Eighteen Years” read by
E. Ethelbert Miller on WPFW, 89.3 FM Washington, D.C.

“On The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington, D.C.” Filmed
by Orlando Pinder & Stevi Calandra.

On Fritz Eichenberg’s ‘Pieta’ published by and recorded for Anomalous Press.

Disciples published in Sojourners, March 2011.

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