BlackRoseCity is a collection of poems exploring the underpinnings of interpersonal relationships in communities isolated by socio-political barriers and reflecting the memories of a city youth growing up in Norwich. The setting is the urban and suburban neighborhoods of Norwich, Connecticut. The citizens refer to it as Rose City, after its official flower. Through narrative snapshots, BlackRoseCity invites the reader to witness the lives of a small town's blossoming youth, as well as the imprisonment within a concrete garden of the town's adults, trapped in economic and psychological despair. The poems are seen through the eyes of a young boy nicknamed "Cabbage Head" who at the beginning of the larger narrative is eight years old. As the manuscript progresses, the poems reflect Cabbage Head's growth from an inquisitive child, into an experimental adolescent, eventually evolving into a knowledgeable young man.  ISBN-10: 1456729535     ISBN-13: 978-1456729530








"Emerie-Saige Enters Gammy's Garden." Sinkhole Magazine.             August 2018.


Sonogram."  Connecticut River Review. Connecticut Poetry Society. 

      September 2017.


“Harlem Held Me.” The Arts Paper Magazine (A Free publication of the Arts                   Council of Greater New Haven) January/February 2016.                                                                                                                                                                         


“The Night Before Christmas.” Fresh Ink Literary Magazine.  Naugatuck Valley                Community College. April 19, 2013.


BlackRoseCity: A Collection of Poetry. Author House Press. Bloomington, IN. 2011.

     Pulitzer Prize in Letters: Poetry Book Entrant: Columbia University, New York, NY      October 1, 2011.

“Rose City Thorns.” Fingernails Across a Chalkboard: Anthology, Gwendolyn                 Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing, Chicago State                       University. 2007.


“Final Trimester,” “Moving Day,” “Natural Law,” The Meaning of Life,” “Shall We.”

      13th Acacia Group Conference. University of California, Fullerton. 2005.


“Bus Stop.” Folio: Art and Literary Magazine, Southern Connecticut State                       University. 2005: 94.


“Little Green Box.” Folio: Art and Literary Magazine, Southern Connecticut State            University. 2005:154.


“State of Emergency.” Poems on the Road to Peace: A Collective Tribute to Dr.               King Volume 2. Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University. 2004: 40-         44.


“Déjà Vu.” The Scope: Literary Magazine. Scope Publishing Partnership. 2003: 10-            11.




“Creative Space: Innovation in Building Conversations with an Adjunct                               Community.”49th Annual Conference of the Two-Year English Association                 Northeast Region Baltimore, MD (October 2014).


“Blasphemy: An Ode To Michael Jackson.” Lefoko: Rebirth Magazine, Gaborone.           Botswana (Africa) 2009.




“Stop Making Cars to Hit Deadly Speeds.” The Day Daily                                               Newspaper. New London, CT. June 2014.                                                        


“Walk Like A Warrior.” The Current: Newspaper. Three Rivers                       Community College. Norwich CT. October 2010.


“The Principle of Creativity,” Norwich Bulletin Newspaper, Norwich,          Connecticut. December 2009.


“NAC Corner: Power Creates Connections in Unlikely Places,”                  Norwich Bulletin Newspaper. Norwich, Connecticut. June 2008.





"Conga." Arts For AIDS. AIDS Connecticut (ACT). Artspace. Hartford, CT. 2017.

“Stones n’ Roses (Savin Rock Beach).” College-Wide faculty and staff art show                exhibition. Three Rivers Community College. Norwich, CT. January 29 to                     February 26, 2016. 


“Every-Same Sunday Night Poetry Jazz Jam: Featuring The Jeff Robinson Trio

     (Lizard Lounge, Harvard): JAZZ: An Exhibition of Poetry, Prints and Photography.       Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery. New Haven, CT. January 13 to March 4,           2016.


“Poet Peninsula: Homage (Savin Rock Beach).” Fifth annual “The f-Stops Here”              Juried Photography Show. Hygienic Art Gallery. New London, CT. October 1            18, November 14, 2015.

2010 - present
2010 - present