After writing a successful column in university, many of Black Coffee Poet’s friends and readers urged him to start his own publication. His column, The Condor’s View, focused on social justice issues on University of Toronto campus, in the stolen land called Canada, and at times, globally. The Black Coffee Poet magazine is not a follow up to The Condor’s View, it is a new journey into the world of poetry in Black Coffee Poet’s life.
Tired of having to read dead white men in a first year university English class, Black Coffee Poet shied away from poetry for years until finding poets that spoke to him such as Chrystos, Simon Ortiz, Marilyn Dumont, Jimmy Santiago Bacca, Ana Castillo, Sherman Alexie, June Jordan, Maya Angelou, and Tom Wayman.
Publishing his first poem August 13, 2008, in the Letter to the Editor section of the Toronto Star newspaper, A Poem To Mayor David Miller, Black Coffee Poet has received several acceptance and rejection letters from different publications since.
Making the wait list to an MFA program in Creative Writing and not getting in, Black Coffee Poet has decided to start this magazine as his own program.
Researching syllabi of many creative writing courses and MFA programs, this magazine is Black Coffee Poet’s own program starting September 2010 and ending September 2012. Every week Black Coffee Poet will read a new book of poetry, write and publish a review of the book, keep a private journal about the books, write two poems (some to be published in the magazine), interview poets, announce readings and book launches, publish other people’s poetry, and have a video recording of a new poet.
The magazine will be updated every Monday (new book review or article or announcement), Wednesday (interview with an author or an article), and Friday (a video recording of a new poet reading for BCP or a VLOG by me). To see a video archive of poets reading for BCP, VLOGs, interviews, workshops and roundtables visit the Black Coffee Poet YOUTUBE channel.
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Black Coffee Poet wants to share with the world the many different faces of poetry who are ignored by the literati, who have touched him, and who have helped him grow as a person and poet: Red, Black, Brown, Female, Disabled, Queer, Poor, Jailed, Homeless, Working Class, Self-Taught, Revolutionary, and Controversial.
If you want to read or write for Black Coffee Poet’s magazine, have your book reviewed, announce a reading or workshop, submit poetry, send feedback, subscribe as a fan, invite Black Coffee Poet to do a workshop or a reading, contact Black Coffee Poet at firstname.lastname@example.org.