Award-Winning Poet Tony Medina Publishes BROKE BAROQUE in Print and eBook Formats


Award-winning poet, Tony Medina, publishes his latest collection, BROKE BAROQUE, the third in a series of Broke Books centered on “Broke,” a character that bears witness to his plight of homelessness in a humorous yet profound way.

BROKE BAROQUE contains poetry peppered with images articulating Broke’s erratic experiences on the streets of Any City, USA. Through tall tales, anecdotes, episodes, rants and jokes, Broke eloquently and irreverently conveys his marginalization in a grossly unaccommodating society. With his trademark absurd and caustic wit, Medina portrays Broke’s anger, fear, humility, and resolve with humor, insight and compassion, bringing moments of levity and hopefulness to Broke’s plight. Funny and perversely sharp, whimsical and impassioned, BROKE BAROQUE is compulsively readable and will connect with any book and poetry lover alike. With a powerful introduction by McArthur-winner Ishmael Reed, BROKE BAROQUE is available in both print and ebook formats on


Shirley Bradley LeFlore Discusses 2Leaf Press Books, BRASSBONES and RIVERS OF WOMEN

Kristen Hare || St. Louis Beacon

In her poems, Shirley Bradley LeFlore tells stories; and often, those stories are about women.

“I felt that women represent so much, as mothers, being a mother myself, being a girl, being an active person, a traveler, a woman that was always, from a girl, interested in watching people, listening to them,” she says. “I would say that runs through a lot of my work.”

LeFlore’s first book, BRASSBONES AND RAINBOWS  is a collection of poems written across the span of more than 40 years as a poet. During that time, LeFlore has been active in St. Louis as one of the original members of the Black Artists Group, starting the Creative Arts and Expressions Lab in 1981, which developed into a place for artists to perform and have community workshops. >>READ MORE

LeFlore’s books are available in print and ebook on  Learn more about her play, RIVERS OF WOMEN at her website,

Last Poet Abiodun Oyewole to Publish Poetry Collection with 2Leaf Press


The Last Poets, Abiodun Oyewole, is publishing his first poetry collection (ever) with 2Leaf Press this coming November, 2013.

Meeting with publisher and editor of the collection, appropriately named BRANCHES OF THE TREE OF LIFE, here is what Oyewole had to say about the book:

I’m very excited about the publication of this book. Some people may ask why it took so long, or why I am doing it with 2Leaf Press, and it’s all about timing and commitment. I love working with Gabrielle, she intuitively knows how to make this happen; it’s clear by how the manuscript is shaping up that she has researched me and my work to pull together a comprehensive body of work that reflects who I am, and what my poetry is all about. Also, I am extremely pleased and grateful by the photography, cover design and video by Vagabond. I have a lot of respect for him, and he has managed to capture the essence of who I am as well. I think this book is going to make waves in the African American community.

Stay tuned for more info on Oyewole’s publication date and book launch.