Recent Books

Read below about our most recent publications.

I’d Rather Be Called a Nerd by Dominic ‘Nerd’ McDonald

December 1, 2022

Dominic “Nerd” McDonald, the winner of the 2022 DC Poet Project competition, is the author of, I’d Rather Be Called a Nerd, a memoir-in-poems that fearlessly details the author’s intersecting experiences of repression and self-development. The worlds of hip hop, higher education, and literature combine in the book, an anthem for nerds everywhere. Reuben Jackson wrote, “I’ve been waiting most of my life for a book like Dominic McDonald’s I’d Rather Be Called a Nerd.” Cover art for the book is by Wesley Clark.

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Breaking the Blank by Rebecca Bishophall and Dwayne Lawson-Brown

November 1, 2022

Breaking the Blank is a dialogue between poets—and a meditation on love, parenting, gentrification, money, and the literary life. In accessible free verse, haiku, sonnets, and other forms, Dwayne Lawson-Brown and Rebecca Bishophall honor the African American experience, make sacred the ordinary, and remind the reader of the marvelous in the everyday. Sistah Joy, Poet Laureate of Prince George’s County, Maryland, described, “Breaking the Blank is a contemporary treasure.” Cover art for the book is by Qrcky.

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Diaspora Cafe D.C. edited by Jeffrey Banks and Maritza Rivera

August 15, 2022

An anthology by AfroLatinx writers, Diaspora Cafe D.C. is a collective investigation of survival by writers within a system that deprioritizes their existence. While some poems consider identity and relationships, and others are love poems to family and lovers, all are united by a thread of resistance against invisibility. Danyeli Rodriguez Del Orbe, author of Periodicos De Ayer, described, “An honest and tender portrayal of the complexities we experience while thriving and surviving within the African diaspora.” Diaspora Cafe is edited by Jeffrey Banks and Maritza. Cover art for the book is by Sami Miranda and Lazaro Batista.

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The Great World of Days

March 31, 2022

The Great World of Days springs to life in the voices of fifty-six poets arranged into a single chorus by editors Gregory Luce, Anne Becker, and Jeffrey Banks. The book documents births, breakups, deaths, abuse, healing, sex, sexuality, and more, and contains poetry first published in the arts magazine Bourgeon, founded by Robert Bettmann. Maryland Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri wrote, “I have not read better poetry anywhere.” Cover art for the book is by Pat Goslee.

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