Alan King

Bowie, MD

Author's Bio

“A fixture on the D.C. MD VA scene since 1999, Alan has at one time blessed every Open Mic spot throughout the area. Mangoes, he was there; Brookland Cup Of Dreams, he was there. The “first” Java Head Cafe in College Park, he was there. The first Mocha Hut on 14th St, he was there. Yogi’s Records, he was there; Harambe’s in Adams Morgan, he was there. Teaism, he was there; and Bar Nun, he was there. This cat is a walking history book of D.C. poetry. Not only that, he’s a dynamic performer and prolific writer” — Derrick Weston Brown, poet-in-resident at the 14th and V streets Busboys and Poets.

Publications and Prizes

(Aquarius Press, 2012)
(Silver Birch Press, 2016)
A Writerlicious Anthology About Food: Literal, Poetic, Imagined
(Red Claw Press, 2011)
, Cave Canem XI 2007 Anthology
(Cave Canem, 2008)
, Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books
(Minor Arcana Press, 2014)
, Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS
(Third World Press, 2007)
, Full Moon On K Street: Poems About Washington, DC
(Plan B Press, 2010)
, Motif
(MotesBooks, 2010)
, Taboo Haiku
(Avisson Press, 2005)
, The Barbershop Chronicles: Poems, Stories & Essays by HIM
(Penmanship Books, 2008)
, The Poetics Noire: Volume 1
(Sparkle Bee Media, 2009)
, Writing Outside The Lines: An Anthology of Poetry from the Wrong Side of the Tracks Riding the Paumanok Train
(North Sea Poetry Scene Press, 2009)
13 Miles From Cleveland, 5923 Quarterly, Adagio Verse Quarterly, African American Review, Alehouse, Amistad, Audience, autolycus: rogue literary journal, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Best Poem, Black Arts Quarterly, Black Renaissance Noire, Blue Lotus Review, Blue Skies, BOMBlog, Borderlines, Boston Literary Magazine, Boxcar Poetry Review, Breadcrumb Scabs, Brink Magazine, Calliope Nerve, Cause and Effect Magazine, Clarion, Coal Hill Review, Collaged Verse, Compass Rose, Conceit Magazine, Contemporary American Voices, Delaware Poetry Review, Denver Syntax, Edison Literary Review, Eskimo Pie, Everyday Weirdness, Farfelu, Farmhouse Magazine, Fledgling Rag, Foliate Oak, Fox Chase Review, Free State Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Generations, Ghoti Magazine, Gloom Cupboard, Gnome, Heavy Bear , Hudson View, If Poetry Journal, Indiana Review, Ink Stains, Literary Tonic, Little Patuxent Review, Lucid Rhythms, Madswirl, Mead: The Magazine of Literature & Libations, Merge, MiPOesias, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Moulin Review, Muses Workshop Online, Muzzle, Mythium: The Journal of Contemporary Literature
, Naugatuck River Review, Nefarious Ballerina, Neonbeam Magazine, New Verse News, nimble, No Tell Motel, Northville Review, NPR, Oak Bend Review, Obsidian lll: Literature in the African Diaspora, Off the Coast, Orange Room Review, Origins, Outsider Writer, OVS Magazine, Perpetual Magazine, Pirene's Fountain, PLUCK!, Prime Number Magazine, Qarrtsiluni, Radius, Rattle, Red Fez, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, Rougarou, San Pedro River Review, Second Run Magazine, Shoots and Vines, Sou'wester, Spindle Magazine, Splat/Bang Magazine, Stone's Throw, storySouth, Sugar House Review, Suisun Valley Review, Taj Mahal Review, Talking Writing, Ampersand Review, The Arabesques Review, The Battered Suitcase, Blue Moon Literary & Art Review, Boiler Journal, The Drunken Boat, The DuPage Valley Review, Maynard, The November 3rd Club, The Scruffy Dog Review, Third Wednesday, Tidal Basin Review, (several poems), tinfoildresses, Two Rivew, Umbrella, Union Station Magazine, Unlikely Stories, Vinyl, WarpLand, Welter, whimperbang, Willows Wept Review, Word Catalyst Magazine, Words. Beats. Life., Zygote in My Coffee
Prizes Won: 
2009-2012-2015 Best of the Net Nominee, 2009 & 2013 Pushcart Prize Nominee, 2006 Best City Poem of Year (3rd Muses Prize)

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Bastards of the Reagan Era by Reginald Dwayne Betts

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Caribbean American
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Born in: 
Silver Spring
Raised in: 
Fort Washington, MD
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Last updated: Dec 06, 2018