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Humble Bear Production...coming soon!
Get ready for the birth of Humble Bear Production, a video production company that produces book trailers and provides services for nonprofits and businesses including video storytelling, welcome videos, commercials, campaign videos and mini docs. Promo video coming soon!
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The Overground Railroad is a cool anthology coming soon from Cherry Castle Publishing. Learn more at http://goo.gl/TgwLRI.
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This is a former student of mine. She's had some challenges, but is determined to succeed. Please help her make her dreams come true.
A native of Southeast, Washington DC, 18-year-old Astra Armstrong credits her soon-to-be alma mater, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, for turning her life around and helping her believe that regardless of your difficulties and misfortune, you can still go somewhere in life if you believe in you...
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Thanks for "+1"-ing this. I didn't know Google Plus would share this, even though Google owns YouTube. I thought I was just uploading a video. 
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It's pretty good so far. Wish that it wouldn't time out its display so quick. Otherwise, enjoying it. 
Echo is the fastest and coolest lock screen for your notifications. Feature...
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Really excited to be in this new issue of Tidal Basin Review with Jonathan Moody, Joseph Ross and my brother Derrick Weston Brown! Check out this issue, our interviews, then please share!
The Winter 2015 Issue dubbed "2084" features visual artist, Allen Forrest, a special essay from Henry Giroux, interviews with poets, Derrick Weston Brown and Alan King, and the creative works of 23 writers imaging our world 100 years after 1984, the prophetic novel by George Orwell. Winter 2015 Contributors: Liz Ahl, Joshua Bennett, Derrick Weston Brown, Joan Colby, Curtis Crisler, Carol Dorf, Milton Ehrlich, Allen Forrest, Henry A. Giroux, Clair...
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Ann Bauer tells it like it is on writers and privilege.
The truth is, my husband's hefty salary makes my life as a writer easy. Pretending otherwise doesn't help anyone
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The new issue of The Hourglass Flow is live! Check it out at http://t.co/AhfVXgIQ27
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Silver Birch Press continues their ME, AS A CHILD poetry series. If you haven't, check it out.
SWARM by Alan King In a mob of school kids, two boys shove each other before they're on the ground. They jab at air and grass, missing the jaw, cheek and eye. A girl standing at the edge screams at...
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I haven't heard of Muriel Rukeyser. I just checked her out. Thanks for the recommendation.
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So I've been taking Videography 1. Our final class assignment was to do a car commercial. Well, here it is!
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R.I.P. Philip Levine. Thanks for mentoring generations of writers!
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My book came out nearly three years ago, and I'm shopping around a manuscript for my second book. Since I'm looking for a different publisher, the process has been about patience. I'm still learning it. What helps me though is need like this. Congrats on your forthcoming young adult novel! I'm always inspired by writers' news of new books coming out. Congrats again!
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Teach. Write. Promote.
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  • DC Creative Writing Workshop
    Senior Program Director, 2013
  • Duke Ellington School of the Arts
    Part-time Instructor, 2013
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Poet. Author. Journalist. Writing workshop facilitator. http://alanwking.com.
Introduction
Alan King is a poet, author, and journalist, living in the DC metropolitan area. He writes about art and domestic issues on his blog at http://alanwking.com.

In addition to teaching creative writing throughout the DC/Baltimore region, he’s a part-time poetry instructor at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the senior program director at the DC Creative Writing Workshop at Charles Hart Middle School in DC’s Congress Heights neighborhood.

The Workshop introduces students to the joys of self-expression and the written word. Since its founding in 1995, thousands of students have attended readings, plays and other literary events, won dozens of writing awards, and enjoyed a wealth of new experiences not otherwise available to young people in Ward 8.

King has also facilitated creative writing workshops for the American Poetry Museum (Washington DC), The ARCH (Washington DC), Duke Ellington High School of the Performing Arts (Washington DC), the “Legacy Project” at Homewood Center (Columbia MD), KIPP DC AIM Academy (Washington DC) and the Perry School Community Services Center (Washington DC).

As a former staff writer for the Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper, King has covered the Baltimore City Council, as well as wrote about redevelopment in east Baltimore and the displacement of its residents. He also traveled to Kingston, Jamaica, to write about the historic landmarks and covered the island’s 47th Independence Day celebration.

Prior to the AFRO, King interned as a research assistant at the Center for Public Integrity, a government watchdog organization of investigative journalists. There, he wrote profiles of past presidential campaign donors and compiled a chronology of news articles on election fraud and corruption for the book project, “The Buying of The President (BOP) 2008.”

As a student at Howard University, King traveled to New Orleans to do post-Katrina coverage as part of a student press team assembled by the university and the Washington Post. His article, “Katrina Aftermath Still Undercuts Special-Needs Housing,” was published on washingtonpost.com. That article is about the aftermath of Katrina and its effects on New Orleans residents living with HIV/AIDS.

King is also an accomplished poet. Here’s what Derrick Weston Brown, poet-in-residence at the 14th and V streets Busboys and Poets, had to say: “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.”

King’s poems have appeared in Alehouse, Audience, Boxcar Poetry Review, Indiana Review, MiPoesias and RATTLE, among others.

He is a Cave Canem fellow, VONA Alum, a Stonecoast MFA canditate, and a two-time Best of the Net nominee. He's also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and is the author of his collection of poems Drift (Willow Books, 2012).

When he’s not reporting or sending poems to journals, you can find King chasing the muse through Washington, D.C. — people watching with his boys and laughing at the crazy things strangers say to get close to one another.
Bragging rights
I'm a two-time Best of the Net nominee, whose poems were also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. My first collection Drift (Willow Books) is available at alanwking.com.
Education
  • University of Southern Maine
    Poetry, 2013
  • Howard University
    Communications, 2007
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