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Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day

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Today is the day. As part of National Poetry Month, thousands of people will celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on Twitter using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

In honor of the day, which began in New York City in 2002 and was made national by the Academy of American Poets in 2008, we have a special offer for our very best customers. We're joining in the celebration by offering free shipping on any order of our poetry and literature titles to the first 50 people who send a short, original poem (no more than 10 lines) to email@blackclassicbooks.com.

To be considered, the subject line of your email must read "Poem in My Pocket."

Your free shipping code will be sent after your poem is received and reviewed.

We must receive your poem by midnight on April 27th. Please note that, unless you indicate otherwise, we may post your poem on our blog or Facebook page.

Check out Black Classic Press poets E. Ethelbert Miller and Laini Mataka for inspiration. And then pull that poem out of your pocket and send it our way!

Beyond the Frontier, But Never Beyond the Wonder

Publisher’s Note: This year marks the 15th anniversary of our publication of Beyond the Frontier, an important collection poetry showcasing the early work of today’s finest Black poets. In honor of the occasion, I asked the collection’s editor, E. Ethelbert Miller, to write a post reflecting on the book’s significance then and now. In addition to Beyond the Frontier, the [...]

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How an Ex-Black Panther Waged a Successful, Four-Decade Revolution In Publishing Without Planning To

The following article was published in the Atlanta Black Star on February 22 and was written by D. Amari Johnson.Paul Coates never planned to become a member of the Black Panther Party. Recently returned from a three-year military stint in Vietnam, the Philadelphia native and avid reader relocated to Baltimore in 1968, where he subsequently [...]

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Ta-nehisi Comes Home to ASALH

Last month I had the wonderful experience of attending the Association for the Study of African American Life and History's annual conference. The highlight for me was attending the luncheon on Saturday. My son Ta-nehisi Coates was the special guest speaker. I sat through the luncheon thinking about his first ASALH Annual Conference. I smiled as I remembered how his mother [...]

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An Interview with Wade Nobles - The Island of Memes: Haiti's Unfinished Revolution

Publisher’s Note, when Dr. Wade Nobles approached me about publishing his latest book, The Island of Memes: Haiti’s Unfinished Revolution. I was immediately on board.I knew this book would be an important contribution and that Wade’s notion of a guided case study with Haiti serving as an exemplar for capturing the story and voice of African people using an African [...]

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A Fierce Farewell: Gloria Naylor’s Literary Legacy

I first met Gloria Naylor when she visited the campus of the College of William and Mary during my junior year. I was part of a small group of students designated as her hosts while she was at the college. The Women of Brewster Place miniseries, starring Oprah Winfrey, Lynn Whitfield, Cicely Tyson, and Mary Alice, had aired in 1989 [...]

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BCP Director, Paul Coates, talks the past and future of Black Classic Press

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In One Tweet, Ta-Nehisi Coates Reveals the Power of Being Born Black

Ta-Nehsi Coates (TC) is once again beating up on Andrew Sullivan. this time he is using tweets. now that's pretty good. challenging the system of white racism with 40 character thoughts, and not a whole lot of them at that. along the way he's giving out shout outs to Howard and HBCU's in general. i [...]

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