A Letter of Resignation

by Enzo Silon Surin

5 x 7 | 50 pages | Poetry
ISBN 978-1-941604-04-5

Publication Date: Forthcoming April 11, 2017

A LETTER OF RESIGNATION is a meditation on American history informed by the Black experience in the United States and neighboring island republics. This musically-infused libretto is addressed to History as a Republic, in which certain moments and individuals have been vetted and elected to convey a message that consistently denigrates more than it celebrates what it is to be American Black. Part Blues, part Jazz, part Hip-Hop, this book-length poem is a sound declaration from a tired, fed-up and "woke" generation.


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about the author

photo credit: Kenny Chung

Enzo Silon Surin is a Haitian-born poet, educator, publisher and social advocate. He is the author of two chapbooks, A Letter of Resignation (2017) and Higher Ground (2006), which was nominated for the Massachusetts Book Award. He is also co-author of The Next Verse Poets Mixtape - Volume One: the 4 X 4 (2016) and has been featured in African Voices, Interviewing the Caribbean, Pangyrus, jubilat, Soundings East, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, Naugatuck River Review, sx salon, and Tidal Basin Review, among others. His manuscript, When My Body Was a Clinched Fist, was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2015 Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize.

Surin, a Pushcart nominee, was also recognized as the 2015 PEN New England Celebrated New Voice in Poetry and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. Surin is Associate Professor of English at Bunker Hill Community College.