I am thrilled to have two poems in the new anthology, WHERE WE STAND: Poems of Black Resilience, edited by Melanie Henderson, Truth Thomas, and Enzo Silon Surin, published by Cherry Castle Publishing. Some of the poets in the anthology are pictured above. L to R: Joseph Ross, Brandon Johnson, Kenny Carroll, Reuben Jackson, and Melanie Henderson.
My poem, “Hammering on Rocks: For Nelson Mandela,” was set to music by New York composer, Brett L. Wery, in his four-song cycle, “Quarry Songs.” Below is a link to the opening performance. “Hammering on Rocks” is the first of the four songs, followed by songs based on Reginald Harris’ poem, “Normal,” Laura Tohe’s poem “My Body Holds Stones,” (Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation) and “Museum of Stones,” by Carolyn Forche. The performers: soprano, Areli Mendoza-Pannone, baritone, Robert Frazier, with pianist, Mark Evans. I am so grateful to Brett Wery and these talented performers.
Here is the video from my reading with Michael Torres at the Pratt Library in Baltimore on March 10, 2021. Enjoy the poems!
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.
On July, 19, 2021, I was interviewed and shared two poems on Cedric Riley’s program, “America’s Next Motivator.” We had a wonderful conversation about teaching and poetry. You can watch the program here. Big Thanks to Cedric Riley for all the good work he gives the world.
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.
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.
“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
“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.