Breaking the Ice With Pints and Poetry @Wall Street Journal

Colson Whitehead Amy King New York City literary pub crawl
Colson Whitehead and Amy King at the first New York City literary pub crawl hosted by Goodreads. AMY SUSSMAN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The first hour involved cocktails at the Housing Works Bookstore and Café in SoHo. Then there were readings by Colson Whitehead (“Sag Harbor”), Emily St. John Mandel (“The Singers Gun”) and poet Amy King, who runs a popular poetry group on Goodreads.



6. Amy King

Amy King, American poet
“There are things that are not sayable. That’s why we have words.” ― Amy King, I Want to Make You Safe

Amy King has won a Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize and a WNBA from the Women’s National Book Association. Her poetry reflects her personal commitment to progressive activism and intersectionality.

“Be incomplete, be the visual, / be what turns the moon / into sunlight in a dress. / Twirl your way into existence. / Be the outline for us.” — from “Time Is a Dare.”


The dead are wide awake in sleepy Hudson Valley village – NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Amy King in makeup. (Hudson Valley Film Commission)

“I was running an art gallery in Phonecia and these women descended upon me and said, ‘You would make a great zombie,’” says Amy King, a Nassau Community College professor who lives just outside of Phoenicia.

King, 47, initially thought it was a joke, but was glad she took a chance in front of the bright lights and has done it a few times since.

“I thought the makeup would be annoying but the people were delightful,” she says, adding that most days it took less than an hour.

“The film had such a fun energy it spoiled me for the work I’ve done since,” King says, adding that Jarmusch and the cast were friendly and appreciative. “I remember seeing Bill Murray talking to some of the Hasidic people who live in Fleischmanns.”


30 Poets You Should Be Reading @ Literary Hub King-cover1

Amy King’s breathtaking poetry reflects the same unwavering commitment she brings to her role at VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts: aesthetics rooted in ethics; community advocacy and intersection. King’s gift, which has earned admiration from John Ashbery among many others, seems to be about letting the lyric take hold of modern life’s messy vibrancy as it falls together seamlessly:

This is what it sounds like outside,
fat geese and guinea hens holding hands.
I am 31, which is very young for my age.
That is enough to realize I’m a pencil that has learned
how to draw the Internet. I explain squiggles
diagramming exactly how I feel and you are drawn to read
in ways you cannot yet. Slow goes the drag
of creation, how what’s within comes to be without,
which is the rhythmic erection of essence.


38 Gifted Poets on Twitter @ MASHABLE 

18. Amy King

Amy King @amyhappens



Author Amy King will speak at SUNY Adirondack @ Times Union – Saratoga Blog

Award-winning writer Amy King will speak about poetry and memoirs at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall as part of the SUNY Adirondack Writers Project.


13 Creative Contemporary Poets Finding Truth in the Written Word [Video] @ Text Validated by Ezvid Wiki Editorial

Poetry has been a beloved and respected art form for centuries, and today’s poets are keeping the medium alive and well with their well-written works that explore everything from nature to pop culture to mental illness. The contemporary poets listed here use language to convey both thoughts and emotions to their readers.

Talented Contemporary Poets: Our 13 Picks

8. Matthea Harvey Modern Life Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form
9. Amy King I Want to Make You Safe I’m the Man Who Loves You
10. Meena Kandasamy When I Hit You Ms Militancy


Bettering American Poetry with Amy King @HUFFINGTON POST

Bettering American Poetry is an explosive revelation of the arriving generation of American poets—arriving from every part of the landscape, bringing energies, gifts, and ways of seeing and saying of every kind. Plunge into its pages. See/hear the news of who we are. -Jane Hirshfield, author of The Beauty and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World


“I just read somewhere that one in three Americans did not read a book last year. I dedicate this book to them. And to those still reading. I challenge anyone to pick this anthology up and flip to any page and see if something doesn’t hit you somewhere deep. I ask, Did you think poetry was far removed from what you know? Did you think that poetry was meant for classrooms alone? Here is poetry that takes you into lives and homes and streets and places of businesses and minds and existences you thought were off limits to poetry. These poems speak history into the present. They speak being into the present. They speak the present into being.”



We all could stand to read more poetry. I say this as a poet who is immersed in poetry daily. You can never have too much of it–and personally, I don’t understand why more people don’t read poetry more. It’s short, which means you can digest a poem (the first time) on the subway, on a walk, while taking a break on work, etc. It’s all very momentary. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t go back to the poem later, and reread it with new eyes…

11. Saeed Jones – Kudzu (
12. Candace Williams – Black Sonnet (Sixth Finch)
13. Amy King – Perspective (Poetry Foundation)


Bob Dylan’s Silence on Nobel Prize Is Called ‘Impolite and Arrogant’ by Academy Member

The New York Times 

“Bob Dylan now has a chance to do something truly great for literature: reject the Nobel Prize for Literature,” the poet Amy King wrote on PEN America’s website after the organization asked writers and publishers to respond to the award. “Great literature is not easily consumed like pop songs that rhyme.”


17. I Want To Make You Safe, Amy King 

Litmus Press

“…a lack of hate to push death into.”

Walt Whitman made us feel safe, calling that “death is great as life,” imparting that if we ever need him, we can find him. Amy King’s love is just as wide, her breath more modern. In I Want to Make You Safe, her best book yet, King is both warm and tactically evasive. She goes from conversational to abstract to personal with impressive fluidity, creating absorbing tones and swells in the course of a poem. Her methods will sometimes remind you of great poets like Rae Armantrout or Ange Mlinko, but runnier; she might also remind you of John Ashbery, who blurbs here, claiming King is “emerging into rather than out of the busyness of living.” He is right, and ultimately, any comparison is reductive. King wavers between obscurity and candor, creating a dissonance that is completely unique, that derives from a singularly productive and skeptical mix of unconditional love and ferocious social conscience: “Nothing desired is property, / nothing given, given, we lie in glass sheds.” Her book is not a self-serving venture, but a collective surge towards “a lack of hate to push death into.”

Read a review here.


Poetry Connects Us In Troubling Times: Why Poets Write and What We Can Do to Support Them 

“Can literature influence social change? Can it reflect activism? Can a poem be a fulcrum for change?” asked moderator Amy King.


Ana Božičević: 5 Poets Who Changed My Life [Video] @ Lambda Literary 

Lammy-nominated poet, Ana Božičević, (Stars of the Night Commute) talks with Lambda Literary about 5 Poets Who’ve Changed Her Life. Her list includes Edgar Allan Poe, Marina Tsvetaeva, Bhanu Kapil, Amy King and two contemporary Croatian poets.


Bob Dylan and the Significance of Not Signifying Anything

Jewish Currents

The poet Amy King responded to an American PEN query whether Dylan deserved the prize by answering that “Bob Dylan now has a chance to do something truly great for literature: reject the Nobel prize for Literature.” Not that she supports Dylan’s arrogance, but rather because someone needs to tell the Nobel Committee that “much of the greatest literature requires depth of thought, nuance, and often shines a penetrating light on aspects of the world that are difficult to process, like genocide and survival, on lives lived through sacrifice, obscurity and facing phobias and isms that threaten and transform individuals, to name a very few. Moreover great literature often requires time spent communing with words on pages, a very solitary (and as of late, increasingly unpopular) thing.”

She’s right. The Nobel Prize is a reward for a lifetime’s striving to make sense of humankind, or to express reality in a unique way.


Women’s National Book Association honors poet Amy King @ NOLAAMY KING NOLA

WBNA members made their way on June 6 to the awards ceremony at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, where the 2015 honor was given to poet Amy King. She worked on the “Poets for Living Waters” project after the BP oil spill and is one of the founders of VIDA Count, which tracks gender bias in publishing and reviewing. (VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, which VIDA Count is part of, is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of gender equality issues in literary culture.)




The hypocrisy is racial and gendered. In high school, we sat riveted by the jealous, money-grabbing, womanizing exploits of fellows in The Great Gatsby and via Hemingway’s skirt-chasing, bull-running, and hunter protagonists, but when a story primarily about poor black women trying to make their way rears its head, it becomes a target of “worthiness” and “offensiveness” meritorious discussions, seemingly permanently.

…Celie took me through violence hoisted on her and other women she knew and loved, she drew me into the depths of depression and confusion, she charged me with her own efforts away from self pity and towards confidence, she overtly carried me into the arms of a love that “dare not speak its name” without shame and with joy (a feat still treated cursorily or glossed over whereas Walker gave life to lesbian sex as well as deepening it with Celie’s pain: “She say, I love you, Miss Celie. And then she haul off and kiss me on the mouth. Us kiss and kiss till us can’t hardly kiss no more. Then us touch each other… Then I feels something real soft and wet on my breast, feel like one of my little lost babies mouth. Way after while, I act like a little lost baby too.”)…



The implication that women aren’t submitting work and getting published in sufficient numbers deserving of attention has become a joke at this point. It’s like saying, “We simply aren’t seeing worthwhile work written by women” as if we’re all still domestic goddesses incapable of putting pen to paper, when you don’t need to look far to locate an abundance of excellent writing by women.


After Yi-Fen Chou: A Forum
19 writers respond to Michael Derrick Hudson’s yellowface @ ASIAN AMERICAN WRITERS’ WORKSHOP



1. Amy King

Back in 2012, the U.S. Census revealed fewer than half the babies born are white. Jay Smooth (Ill Doctrine) humorously addresses white people concerned with losing a majority footing, which is surely coming, in “Don’t Freak Out About the White Babies.” Cue the anxiety.

1.) Increased visibility of racist acts has inspired outrage, lament and louder calls for justice on our national stage. Of course, justice demands misuses of power be challenged and held accountable.

Justice suggests power be redistributed evenly to prevent misuse; thus nepotistic networks begin to rail at remote or even imaginary threats to having the upper hand. So just as George Bush called for a costly, bloody war on the basis of ghost weapons of mass destruction, so are those who now fear exposure of and challenges to their positions beginning to point at imaginary threats and preemptively strike to maintain their right to power.



23 Comments Leave a comment

    • Good Afternoon Amy,

      Thanks a million for all of the valuable info on your website and blog!! I can finally get my sanity back because you have truly saved my life from horrible illness. I have copy catted everything that you have experienced with this. From symptoms to doctors and hospitals to just be told that we have done all that we can for you Mrs. Mirth. Nobody knows or understands how uncomfortable we have been with this struggle. I will be following all of your advice and start taking the products described so that I too will be on the road to a quicker recovery.

      God Bless You and America!!
      Victoria (Vicki) Mirth

      **I plan on keeping in touch with you in the weeks to come regarding my progress (and to possibly help someone else).

  1. Hi my name is Cheryl.

    I have been recently diagnosed with h-pilor, hiatal hernia and acid reflux.

    I have been sick on and off for over a year at this point. I have had many of the symptoms you described and was at my wits end before I finally heard those words “you have h-pilori” it was such a relief to know I was no going crazy!!

    I am not one for taking medication and have been freaking out about taking antibiotics and whatever they decide to give me for the acid reflux.

    I have been looking for answers on-line something natural that will cure me.

    I want to thank you so very much for all your wonderful information.

    I must admit it seems very overwhelming and I feel like there is no way I can take all the things you list. I am confused as to how much of each thing to take and when to take them.

    I was wondering if you could please break down for me doses and what are the most important things to heal my tummy and my heart(palpitations, short of breath)

    I just want to feel normal again!!!

    Also I do need to see a gyno do you have your Drs number? I am also from Long Island and quite honestly I do not trust any Drs at all!!!

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    Have a great weekend,


  2. Hi Ami¡
    I write from Spain, you bougth a photo of mine for the cover of antidotes for an aliby few years ago, after Ramiro painted on it. I would like to buy a copy of the book, and contact you,we never contact¡¡¡ I see this picture on the book and now i saw a picture of you, I would like to conect with you, I will show you the rest of the serie is in your book that is called la damme noir¡¡

    Have beautiful day¡

    Leyre Lopez de la Paz

  3. Greatly enjoyed your piece on the “monolithic publishing industry”…the music industry had to learn the hard way that musicians and consumers alike were fed up with the corporations’ greedy ways. Nobody raises an eyebrow these days when musicians publish on the internet, yet writers, as you rightly point out, seem rather reluctant to embrace new technology. Indeed, one is mostly discouraged from taking the self publishing route by professionals such as literary agents and writing tutors. Your comments are a breath of fresh air. Thank you for the encouragement.

  4. Hi Amy, I just read your blog on H Pylori. I have a lot of questions to ask! I have a positive stool test for h pylori and have taken 6 mos of natural supplements (Apex energetics) tested again, and the darn buggers are still there.
    I am now taking triple therapy.. I am so sick from the drugs. =( I have 4 children and quite frankly, I am so sick of being sick.. and having them have to put up with me. I want to be a good mom to them.. They want their Mommy back!
    wondering how effective Manuka Honey is. I have bought the bottles and have been taking it with the triple therapy along with NAC, Zinc (Zinlori), vitamin C, mastic Gum and probiotics. Will this regemin erradicate the h pylori?
    are you cured? did the buggers come back?
    I really appreciate any help you can send my way. I want off of these meds. they really are making me sick and I just want to treat this naturally.
    thanks for your help.

    — so tired of feeling sick..

  5. Hi Amy,

    I was thankful to come across your blog on H.Pylori and your health struggles. You rock for sharing! For some reason I am unable to view your email address. It merely shows as a blue x.
    Can you contact me please? I’m in NYC and was hoping you might share where you were tested? I’m having no luck with this currently. GI’s have their value, but I’m trying to go the integrative route as that suits me best, but their costs vary and I won’t know if they test until after I pay. if you have an M.D. who tests and takes insurance, even better! Many thanks :) :)

    Kind regards :)

  6. Amy, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I was diagnosed with h-pylori seven years ago. There were very few information at that time. Your blog was a lifesaver for me. I followed your protocol and cure my h-pylori. I later found that I had candida overgrow, gluten issues and more. I had to fire my primary doctor and sought help from a naturopath doctor. Thanks to you and other bloggers who shared your experiences because you have saved not only my life, but that of my small daughters. I just found that I have high levels of mercury in my system too. I am happy that I know the cause of all of these issues. Nearly 11 years of searching! God Bless you.

  7. Amy, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I was diagnosed with h-pylori seven years ago. There were very few information at that time. Your blog was a lifesaver for me. I followed your protocol and cure my h-pylori. I later found that I had candida overgrow, gluten issues and more. I had to fire my primary doctor and sought help from a naturopath doctor. Thanks to you and other bloggers who shared your experiences because you have saved not only my life, but that of my small daughters. I just found that I have high levels of mercury in my system too. I am happy that I know the cause of all of these issues. Nearly 11 years of searching! God Bless you.

  8. I would like to add to my previous comment where I challenged Dr Martin Blazer to share the proof thru research here on this blog site that H Pylori is not a devistating disease for the immunocompromised which means out of balance and not particularly deathly ill.
    My comment is first TO THANK AMY KING for her amazing BLOG. There is not much she has missed. Like Amy and many others on this site I have been suffering with this bug to find out there are not only one but 3 different strains of it. I am still doing medical research into it but if anyone knows more about these strains please post them here. Also, I have noticed many have posted a variety of symptoms apart from stomach issues, heartburn and the like. This bug is an infection. It will not come up apparently in a blood test for pathogens. It is a separate test because it has not been recognized as the horrific pathogen it is. Luckily Doctors give out amoxicillin for infections and I believe that is why there are not more Americans as sick with this as I have read here. It is also why a test may come up false negative because you have to be off antibiotics for at least 2 weeks according to my doctors for H Pylori to show in your breath or stool. It will show in your blood although I am still studying why this is and what is the result of these antibodies. Please share this if you have further info. I have heard varying comments from varying medical professionals. Also, if you do medical research into the effects of this pathogen and if it is allowed to run undiscovered in the blood you can find it is responsible for a lot of arthritic, rhumatic, eyen heart and degenerative diseases. Even for rashes,allergies and apparently toxic shock, toxemia and bacteremia (which many including Amy have mentioned in their description of their symptoms). My feeling it may even be tied to cancer besides the stomach cancer that is pretty widely accepted by the medical field right now. In short, this is a horrific bug no matter what way you slice it. It can kill! So keep yourself in balance, well and healthy my friends.

  9. Hi ,
    This sounds eerily like panic attacks… anxiety and stress can do crazy things to your body. I had panic attacks that would wake me in the night with a racing heart, I would then start to shake, get hot and cold sweats, feel as if I was about to pass out, my bowels would empty, it’s basically adrenaline gone haywire. I never felt panic or anxiety before a panic attack I only got them at night and as I said I would get them either just as I drifted off or after I had been asleep for about 30mins. But I was quite stressed through the day at that point in my life. My suggestion to anyone reading this is do a good course of cognitive behavioural therapy before jumping to medical disease or conditions at worst you rule out anxiety as the cause for your self. I was convinced for a long time that I had some condition until I realised that it was possible to experience a vast range of symptoms with panic attacks and came to understand how to overcome them by noticing and changing my frequency of certain thoughts and negative behaviours. It’s very common and can happen to anyone.

  10. E Saunders,

    Be careful saying that… anxiety is a symptom, not the root cause of anything. Sure, cognitive behavior therapy is beneficial, but will not alleviate anxiety completely if you do not deal with the root cause, which is typically a mineral imbalance or a lack of certain nutrients your body needs. This occurs when the digestive process is thrown off where your body is not absorbing them or your gut is leaky and allowing things in that shouldn’t be. This imbalance can start after a round of antibiotics that knocks out all good stuff and the bad stuff (pathogenic bacteria, yeast, parasites, etc) takes over before the good can be repopulated, other medicine, poor diet, excessive alcohol use, drug use, excessive stress. Many times, it is a combo of these things that starts a cascade of things and that can take years to build and then the “pot is boiling over” and your start noticing symptoms. Fix your gut and you will fix almost all health problems.

    “All disease begins in the gut” – Hippocrates

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