Alan King's poems have appeared in Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature & Ideas, Tule Review, The Amistad, and Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora among others. His Belfast Exposed: Photography of Anacostia, a collaborative exhibition of photography and literary works, showcasing the culture and energy of Anacostia.
An office admin assistant, Lela rises at 4a.m. to catch the W13 for 5:45 downtown. She reaches the office at 6:30 to start coffee and have a fresh pot brewed for the workers stumbling in at 7a.m. She was always known to bring in snacks and treats for her co-workers: Sugar cookies, candy bars and Now&Laters. Even though she wasn't paid extra for her enthusiasm, her reward was the smiles of officemates as they enjoyed her goodies.
"What glass is that, Sweetheart? You'll grow gills drinking like that." Pariah Putnam told a woman, who had a little too much alcohol. When he refused to serve her another drink, she put up a minor fuss before stumbling from her stool to the door. "Poor thing." Pariah shook his head as he watched her walk the sidewalk like an imaginary tightrope from his pub to wherever her destination was.
A line inside of Coco Loco stretched along the bookstore walls, wrapped around the Poetry shelves and passed through the Biography and Fiction sections. Every Thursday night, eager performers rushed Fatback McGristle for the list as they cried, "Ohh.. mee, mee!!" The tired host let out a frustrated sigh while his gold tooth gleamed among the other three remaining teeth.