Black Joy: An Anthology of Black Boy Poems

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Black Joy: An Anthology of Black Boy Poems

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Black Joy: An Anthology of Black Boy Poems is an unapologetic, unrestrained, and defiant celebration of culture, friendship, and community. This compilation of poems by black boys from Oakland is an elaborate and heartwarming guide through the intricacies of what it means to be young, black, and undoubtedly alive in today’s day and age.

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Praise for Black Joy: An Anthology of Black Boy Poems:

"Behold—the work of young Black men who will not be held."

Boots Riley, rapper, producer, activist, author and director of Sorry to Bother You (2018)

”As a black teacher, I often think about the young black and brown men who will rise in my twilight. I wonder if I’m doing the right thing in equipping them with the tools needed to fight back against those who may want to dim their shine. I wonder who will our future leaders be? Whose actions will manifest the dream of King, and whose audacity will reignite hope in this land after it has been extinguished--and who will inspire us to hold onto that hope in the night? All of the poets included in Black Joy: An Anthology of Black Boy Poems have given me hope, have made me feel that the future of the Black community is going to be placed in the right hands. Hands that know the importance of valuing all iterations of blackness--hands that will tear down walls while building up communities. These poets are our ancestors’ wildest dreams.

Vernon Keeve III, author of Southern Migrant Mixtape (Nomadic Press, 2018) and author mentor

”Rice and peas cooking on the stove, buttons mashing in the basement with your boys, a trunk rattling the street with song in a city resisting gentrification. This collection is a chorus of answers to the question, what does Black Joy sound like? What a gift to hear Oakland from the perspective of these Black boys at the very beginning of their writer's journey.”

Gabriel Cortez, author mentor, Lead Poet Mentor at Youth Speaks, co-founder of the Ghostlines Collective and The Root Slam

Publication Details

All of our books are printed locally in Oakland, California. We strongly believe in supporting local publishers and local printers.

May 2019 • 5.5 x 8.5 • 57 pp.

$15.00 • Trade Paper

ISBN: 978-1-7327866-2-2

Cover art and author portraits by Arthur Johnstone

Interior and cover design by Britta Fithian-Zurn

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