So excited to be the featured poet for the next installment of "All the Feminist Poets" on Weird Sister. I was interviewed by fellow poet and editor of Weird Sister, Marisa Crawford. Check it out and let me know what you think! ALL THE FEMINIST POETS: LaToya Jordan.
Check out this interview I did with a great children's book author/illustrator Don Tate. We talked about his new book out this fall, "The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton Poet," who was the first African American poet to be published in the South--while he was still a slave! Thanks to author/poet E. Kristin Anderson… Continue reading Interview with Author/Illustrator Don Tate for National Poetry Month
Thank you to Patricia Spears Jones for inviting me to be part of the WORDS Sunday literary series at Calabar Imports Bed Stuy PopUp. It's an honor, truly. I don't do readings much, so of course I'm nervous but it'll be so nice to read in my old neighborhood. The series begins this Sunday, March 22… Continue reading WORDS Sunday at Calabar Imports Bed-Stuy PopUp, Starts 3/22 FREE!
Missing Girls, Michelle Obama, and stolen children. Yes, that's the stuff I like to write about. These poems offer a preview of my chapbook, Thick-Skinned Sugar. Please check out the poems, just up at Radius, an online literary journal. If you want to, please leave a reply on the page. Thanks! http://www.radiuslit.org/2014/11/22/three-poems-by-latoya-jordan/
And we have lift off! The pre-sale for my first chapbook, Thick-Skinned Sugar, published by Finishing Line Press, begins November 11th and runs through January 9th. I'll be sure to share the link to purchase as soon as I have it. *Please by my book, please!* Here's a poem from the chapbook. I was going to… Continue reading Buy My Chapbook on November 11th! (and a poem preview)
Why yes, I do have a story to tell! I'm in this class. I haven't taken one in ages. It wasn't really in the budget but I made it work because classes and workshops are great motivators for me. I hadn't taken one since 2011! It's pretty awesome being in a workshop again.… Continue reading Cheating on Poetry with Fiction
It's Labor Day. I decided to participate in the "For Ferguson and AllsWhere: A Virtual Exhibition" taking place today. Artists of all types are supposed to "unite against police brutality and cultures of violence in an online exhibition."Check out the Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/artistsforferguson This page is also affiliated with Artists Against Police Brutality/Cultures of Violence, also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/artistsagainstbrutality.#Artists4FergusonHere's the poem I wrote yesterday (and did some… Continue reading Rules for My Future Son Should I Have One
My second reading of the summer! Please come join me at a reading and book signing to celebrate Toni Ann Johnson's debut novel, Remedy for a Broken Angel. In addition to poetry from me, and a wonderful reading from Toni Ann, jazz pianist Renato Buchert, and journalist and author Richard Torres will host a Q &… Continue reading I Love Being an Opening Act! August 2, 6 p.m., at La Casa Azul in Harlem
A librarian from the Utica Public Library put me back in touch with a piece of my past. I was a part-time editorial assistant at the Observer-Dispatch in 1998 while I was a student at Utica College. My job included writing up weddings, anniversaries, and obituaries, as well as the daily police blotter. But I also… Continue reading Blast from the Past
5. The domain name "latoyajordan.com" finally became available for purchase a few months ago. It is now mine. Take that silly online sneaker website! 4. After 2 years of being in charge of putting my daughter to bed, my husband is now responsible for night-night time (hooray for weaning!). I now have some free hours at… Continue reading Top 5 Reasons I Came Back to My Blog