Recent Books

All books published by Day Eight are available. We’re a small organization, working on our capacity to make these easily available for purchase online, and through area and national book-sellers. If you’d like to buy any or all of the books you can email books <at> to make arrangements.


Port of Exit by Kevin Wiggins (October 2019) $11.00

Baltimore native Kevin Wiggins was the 2019 winner of the DC Poet Project. Wiggins performs regularly as The Mysfit – a spoken word artist, storyteller, and playwright.

Wiggins’ work stares adversity in the face and is unapologetic for the Black LGBTQ community with intensity, rage, compassion, and love.

Author Amy Woolard wrote, “These poems, and this poet, are a gospel.”

Poet Gregory Luce said, “Defying racial and gender conventions at every turn, these poems spark tears and laughter in equal measures.”

The cover image is by artist Tim Tate.

To visit the page for the book on this website, including download of sample poems, click here.


Love for Her by John Johnson (September 2018) $11.00

Native Washingtonian John Johnson is the 2018 winner of the DC Poet Project. Johnson is a director, actor, public radio contributor, arts educator, and father of two.

In his debut poetry collection the author equally documents love relationships and grievances of black life today.

Maryland Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri wrote, “A real find!”

E. Ethelbert Miller wrote, “These poems are filled with wit and wisdom.”

The cover image is by artist Goitseone Moerane.

Visit the page for the book on this site by clicking here.



Goddesses Incognito by Susan Meehan (July 2018) $11.00

Susan Meehan’s second book published by Day Eight was produced within a project supporting the practice of poetry by senior citizens. Directed by Robert Bettmann, the project was funded through grants from the ride-sharing company Lyft and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Goddesses Incognito celebrates the strong women of Washington, D.C. and their colorful experiences.

John Lingan wrote, “Goddesses Incognito is a wise delight.”

Anne Becker wrote, “Meehan knows where the mythic, the deeper significance of human experience, hides under the familiar, the familial.”

The cover art for Goddesses Incognito is by conservation photographer Jim Dougherty.

To visit the page on this website for Goddesses Incognito, click here.