where the writers are

Favorite Books

Cane, by Jean Toomer
Sleeping With the Dictionary, by Harryette Mullen
The Gospel of Barbeque by Honoree Fannone Jeffers
Teahouse of the Almighty by Patricia Smith
Taboo by Yusef Komunyakka
The Dead Emcee Scrolls by Saul Williams

What I'm Reading

I just completed Packing Light, by Marilyn Kallet.

Favorite Authors

Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Harryette Mullen, Patricia Smith, Yusef Komunyakka, Honoree Fannone Jeffers, Lucille Clifton, Martin Espada,Jessica Care Moore, Marilyn Kallet and many, many more.

Influences

My latest book was inspired by Toure's book, Who's Afraid of Post Blackness, and Ytasha Womack's Post-Black. Finally, someone was talking about these 'culture police' who think they have the cornerstone on blackness. In addition, some phenomenal poets have influenced my writing. Books are our teachers and I have been experimenting with different forms learned from Harryette Mullen, Patricia Smith, Natasha Tretheway and others. I am also very inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, which is reflected in my work as well.