Little Kings

Little Kings

Peter Kahn


Price £9.99


ISBN: 978-1-911027-97-3

eISBN: 978-1-911027-98-0


Date:  4th June 2020

Format: Paperback

Extent: 76 pp

POETRY



Praise for Little Kings by Peter Kahn:


"Little Kings is an illuminating and sure-footed book of poems, where a ghoulish childhood of murderous neighbours and vicious bullies grows to an unsettled adulthood of splintering families and identities. The wonder of this book, is how Peter Kahn reexamines those memories, deftly plotting a path through its chaos. Ever the teacher, he shows us over and again how vital it is to mine the dark parts of our lives for lessons we can bring to light, ever striving for brighter better world." - Inua Ellams


"There is no hyperbole here. Peter Kahn has saved many young lives, including my own. As a mentor, father-figure and teacher-poet, Kahn showed me how not to separate the identity of a teacher from the identity as a poet. I’ve waited a long time for his debut poetry collection. Little Kings is lyrical and honest with tight narratives that measure violence with tenderness in a way that only the best of us can. The craft of his Golden Shovels alone should give you poet envy, but really, it’s the heart and the heartbreak in his work that casts the “long healthy shadow” of his legacy. Kahn truly lives his work and has given his community so much as a teacher, and lucky for us, in Little Kings we get to receive his gifts as a poet. Long live. Give thanks." - Raymond Antrobus


A former Chicago social worker, Peter Kahn is a founding member of the London poetry collective Malika’s Kitchen.  He has twice been a commended poet in the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition (UK) and was a finalist in the Fugue Poetry Contest and Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition, among others. A high school teacher at Oak Park/River Forest High School since 1994, Peter was a Featured Speaker at the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention.  A co-founder of the London Teenage Poetry Slam, Peter also founded the Spoken Word Education Training Programme as a Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths-University of London. He holds an MA in English Education from The Ohio State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. He recently was named runner-up in the 2019 NCTE and Penguin Random House Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry. Along with Patricia Smith and Ravi Shankar, Peter co-edited The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks. Terrance Hayes writes, “Peter Kahn is the kind of reader of poetry, teacher of poetry, and poet who makes the world easier for other readers, teachers and poets.”


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