Officially: Alan King is a poet and journalist living in the D.C. metropolitan area. He writes about art and domestic issues on his blog athttp://alanw.king.wordpress.com In addition to teaching creative writing throughout the D.C./ Baltimore region, he's a part-time poetry instructor at The Duke Ellington School of The Arts and the senior programs director at The DC Creative Writing Workshop at Charles Hart Middle School in DC's Congress Heights neighborhood. His poems have appeared in numerous journals like Alehouse, Audience, Boxcar Poetry Review, and Indiana Review He is a Cave Canem fellow, a VONA alum, a Stonecoast MFA candidate, and a two-time Best of the Net nominee. He's also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His debut collection of poetry, Drift, was released this year through Willow books.
Unofficially: Alan King represents the next wave of DC poets who blossomed in DC's poetry scene in the early 2000's and then sharpened their craft beyond the stage. He's got a photographic memory, a wicked sense of detail, and a way with words that makes even the most anti-poetry person take pause and then nod their heads in affirmation.
The Nine On The Ninth is a now legendary monthly poetry series that debuted back in October 2005. It's a feature driven format, which means, the feature opens the show and the open mic follows. We do this to make sure you get the full effect of each and every specially selected feature we bring to the Langston Room stage, and we've had plenty; From Def Poetry Jam's, Tara Betts, Bassey Ikpi, Roger Bonair-Agard and Regie Cabico, to award winning poets such as Reginald Dwayne Betts, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Sarah Browning, to rare visits by Grammy nominated artists Chrystylez Bacon and Carolyn Malachi.Immediately following the feature we hold a 10 to 15 minute nine question interview and audience Q&A with the artist that we call the BluePrint Sessions, before we finally slip into the limited open mic to close out the event. Thus you get a full show and have your appetite for people and poetry satisfied. Now then......Where do you need to be on Saturday evening, June 9th, 2012?WHAT: The Nine On the Ninth Monthly Poetry Series featuring Alan King
WHEN: Saturday June 9th, 2012 / Doors open between 8:15- 8:30pm. Show starts @ 9pm.
COST: As of January 15th 2012, all Busboys and Poets Poetry Events are now $5.00. You can now also purchase your poetry event wristbands online the day of the vent, starting at 12:00am here . The limited open mic list opens between 8:30-8:45pm. So I suggest if you wish to get on the list, you may want to arrive at 8:15pm to get a good seat. WHO: Alan King
WHERE: BusBoys And Poets in The Langston Room
2021 14th St NW ( at the corner of 14th and Vst N.W.)
Washington DC 20009
Metro Accessible: Green Line/ Ust Cardozo stop
HOSTED BY: Busboys and Poets first Poet-In-Residence Derrick Weston Brown.