Selected Publications


Xavier Review, from Xavier University of New Orleans, has published an extensive interview about my work, especially about Ache. Philip C. Kolin, professor emeritus from the University of Southern Mississippi asked thoughtful questions and helped me dig deeply into my own work. The interview also contains three complete poems: “If Mamie Till Was the Mother of God,” “On John Coltrane’s ‘Reverend King,'” and “Nelson Mandela Burns His Passbook, 1952.” I’m grateful to Xavier Review editor Ralph Adamo for publishing this interview and the poems.




“1963: Birmingham and Harlem” will be published in an upcoming 2017 issue of The Southern QuarterlyThis will be the first published poem from my manuscript of poems on Martin Luther King, Jr. I’m grateful to editor Philip C. Kolin for giving this poem a home.









I’m delighted that my poem “On Henry O. Tanner’s ‘Annunciation'” will be published in the Little Patuxent Review  Summer 2015 Issue.






The Los Angeles Times published my poem “For Gilberto Ramos” in their Annual Sunday Poetry Edition on August 31, 2014. Here is the online link. “For Gilberto Ramos” is the fifth poem down. Thank you to Sunday Op-Ed Editor Sue Horton.




I am thrilled that Poet Lore published “When Your Word Is A Match” and “Eighteen Years,” in their Fall/Winter 2014 Issue, also their 125th anniversary issue.  They also nominated “When Your Word Is A Match” for a Pushcart Prize. It’s available at this link: Poet Lore. These two poems honor Willie Reed, a young man who testified against the men who killed Emmett Till in Mississippi, 1955.

I am grateful to editor Le Hinton of  Fledgling Rag Review, for publishing a new series of poems, “Immigrant Requiem” in its April, 2014 issue.





I’m very honored that my poem “If Mamie Till Was the Mother of God” won the Pratt Library/Little Patuxent Review Poetry Prize. It will be published in an upcoming issue of Little Patuxent Review and the amazing folks at Baltimore’s Pratt Library created a beautiful poster of the entire poem in one of the library’s windows. I am also grateful that the staff of Little Patuxent Review nominated this poem for a 2012 Pushcart Prize.






I’m thrilled to have my poem, “For David Kato: A Love Poem” on the Feminist Wire. It posted December 28, 2011 thanks to editor Darnell L. Moore.

Tidal Basin Review published “That’s The Sound of the Men Working on the Chain Gang” and “On Langston Hughes’ ‘The Negro Speaks of Rivers,'” which they also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Summer, 2011.
Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith Religion and Spirituality is an important book, edited by Kevin Simmonds. I’m honored to have “The Upstairs Lounge” included.











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