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Muddy Ford Press Publishes “Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race”

Muddy Ford Press announces the launch of its newest title, Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race, an anthology of poetry edited by Al Black and Len Lawson. A launch party featuring signings and readings from the book will be held on Sunday, February 19th from 4 – 6 PM at the Langston Hughes Poetry Center and Libraryon the campus of Allen University at 1329 Pine Street in Columbia, SC. The event is free to the public and light refreshments will be served.

After more than a year of traveling throughout South Carolina and beyond on their Poets Respond to Race tour, Midlands-based poets Len Lawson and Al Black have published their collected anthology of poetry inspired by their journey’s conversations. In this collection, fellow poets speak to the role of race both in their 21st century worlds and the worlds they inherited from the past. Beautiful and profane, these words and the images they evoke allow the reader the opportunity to assess where we are as a culture, how far we’ve come, and how far we need to go.

The cover of the book features art by Columbia-based artist Kara Gunter from her interdisciplinary arts project, Hands-On: A Community Hand-Casting Project. In January 2017, Black and Lawson, co-editors of Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race, met with Gunter for the first casting of the artist’s project. Their hands are depicted on the cover of this book.

Contributors to the anthology include Dasan Ahanu, Marcus Amaker, Jennifer Bartell, Bernard Block, Kim Blum-Hyclak, Roger Bonair-Agard, Fran Cardwell, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Tiana Clark, Julia Dawson, Kenneth W. Denk IIWorthy Branson Evans, Nancy Fierstein, Keith Flynn,  Matthew Foley Nikky Gray, Yuriy Grigoryants, Ashley Harris, Rashida James-Saadiya, Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, Ashley M. Jones, Fayaz Kabani, Scott Murray, Kathleen Nalley Moore, Jerlean Noble, Donald Pardlow, Pasckie Pascua, Michele Reese, Jonathan K. Rice, King Shakur, Charlene Spearen, Tammaka Staley, Cassie Premo Steele, Amoja Sumler, Cedric Tillman, Arthur Turfa, and Marjory Wentworth.

Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race is the 18th book published by Muddy Ford Press, which was founded in 2011 by Bob Jolley, a SC emergency room physician. Their most recent publication was Walking in the Shadow: Stories of Life, Death, and the Southern Funeral Home by D. S. Bradley, published in 2016.

Al Black, co-editor of “Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race”

Len Lawson, co-editor of “Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race”

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