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New YouTube Channel Features Poetry Book Launches

One silver lining to our current global predicament is the way in which so many communities have rallied around one another.

The literary community is no exception.

Malaika King Albrecht, a poet and current president of the North Carolina Poetry Society, launched a YouTube channel in March. Every Thursday at 7:00 pm, using Zoom, she hosts virtual book launches for poets.

Authors read from their work and then chat with Malaika about their process. Each episode lasts about thirty minutes—a great way to pass the time, thinking about poetry.

Past guests have included Christopher Davis, Maureen Sherbondy, Jacinta V. White, and more.

To view past episodes, click here.

Malaika King Albrecht is serving as the inaugural Heart of Pamlico Poet Laureate. Her fourth book, The Stumble Fields, is just out from Main Street Rag. Her book What the Trapeze Artist Trusts (Press 53) won honorable mention in the Oscar Arnold Young Award. Her chapbook Lessons in Forgetting (Main Street Rag) was a finalist in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received honorable mention in the Brockman Campbell Award. Her second book Spill was also published by Main Street Rag in 2011. She’s the founding editor of Redheaded Stepchild, an online magazine that only accepts poems that have been rejected elsewhere. She lives in Ayden.

Interested in holding your book launch on Malaika’s channel? E-mail her at

Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe so that you know each time a new episode drops!

Just a reminder: NCWN is keeping a running list of books that have been published in 2020, so that these authors don’t get forgotten in this health crisis.

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