Ammiel Alcalay & David Henderson


Ammiel Alcalay’s recent books include Islanders (City Lights), and “neither wit nor gold” (from then) (Ugly Duckling). Other books include Scrapmetal (FactorySchool), Memories of Our Future: Selected Essays (City Lights), After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture (University of Minnesota Press), and the cairo noteboooks (Singing Horse Press). A Little History and a second edition of from the warring factions are due out from UpSet Press in 2012, as well as a co-edited (with Megan Paslawski) book by Michael Rumaker, Robert Duncan in San Francisco (City Lights). Most recently, he is the initiator and General Editor of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, a series of student and guest edited archival texts emerging from the New American Poetry (

David Henderson’s books of poetry include: De Mayor of Harlem and Neo-California. His biography: ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child is available in a new, revised, 30 year anniversary edition. His two-hour radio documentary on the Black Beat, “Bob Kaufman, Poet” is available through the Pacifica Archive. One of the founding members of the Society of Umbra, he is the editor of the forthcoming Umbra Omnibus, a collection of the magazines, anthologies, oral histories and original and important artworks and documents of that seminal Black Arts Movement group that will be issued in 2012. Having served in the Civil Rights movement with the Free SouthernTheater, he has also been involved with peace and anti-nuke movements and with educational reform in city schools and national universities.