Malcolm Friend

Poet, Performer, Educator

Selected Poetry and Prose


“Puerto Rico: An Etymology” and “Remake: West Side Story,” Tinderbox Poetry Journal, December 2018

“The Day María Touches Down I Listen To Cheo Feliciano Sing ‘La Borinqueña,’” Kweli Journal #PoetsForPuertoRico Special Issue, October 2018

“Ode To Zion & Lennox in Which I Consider My Dad Otra vez, Ending on a Lyric by Cheo Feliciano,” Juked, October 2018

"El Conde Sings 'Babaila,'" Queen Mob's Teahouse: Afro Latinx Poetry Issue, March 2018

"Fried," Crab Fat Magazine, January 2018

Two Poems, Beech Street Review, Vol. 3, Issue 1, January 2018

"Encyclopedia Entry: Afro-Seattleite," The Shallow Ends, October 2017

"Orpheus as El incomprendido," Breakwater Review, Issue 20, Fall 2017

"This is an exhumation," The Blueshift Journal, Issue VIII, Summer 2017

"Because Mom Doesn't Sing Every Song by The Temptations," The Boiler Journal, Summer 2017

"malcolm meets tite curet alonso at hemingway's café, pittsburgh," Label Me Latina/o, Volume VII Special Issue: Black and Latin@: Conceptualizing Afro-Latinidad in Afro-Latina/o Literature and Performance, Summer 2017

"Afro-Seattleite Fragment #21: Jamal Crawford, or Ode To the Crossover," Seattle Poetic Grid, Curated by Claudia Castro-Luna, June 2017

"Ode To Prince, or The Day Prince Dies I'm Reminded I Don't Call Home Enough," Perigee by Apogee Journal, June 2017

"Bomba-Blues Dream Sequence," "Bomba-Blues Noise Report," and "The Bomba Man and The Blues Man Argue over Who Has to Bury Malcolm's Body," Winter Tangerine Review, Lineage of Mirrors, April 2017

"America," City Arts magazine, March 2017

"Prayer as Don Omar," The Collagist, Issue 89, February 2017

"Ode To Stevie Wonder, or Mom Calls after Milwaukee and All I Can Do Is Listen To 'I Wish'" and "Cover: 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You,'" Bird's Thumb, February 2017

Three Poems, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, January 2017

Five Poems, Maps for Teeth, Issue 4, Winter 2016

"Afro-Seattleite Fragment #19: Ode To Gabriel Teodros, or Mixed Kid Learns to Sing," IDK magazine, Issue 03, December 2016

"Afro-Seattleite Fragment #2: Richard Sherman" and "Afro-Seattleite Fragment #6: Prayer in the Mode of Sir Mix-a-Lot's 'Posse on Broadway,' or South End Kid Returns To Capitol Hill Six Years after Graduating High School," Kweli Journal, November 2016

"On Being Told I Look Like the Rapper J. Cole, or List of Black People I Apparently Look Like, or Do All Black People Look Alike?", Crab Creek Review, Fall 2016

Three Poems, Vinyl,  September 2016

Two Poems and an Interview, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Issue VI, Volume VII (July 2016)

"Ode To the Barbershop," Backbone Press, 2016 Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize Winner

"El Moro," Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, Themed Issue: A Haunting, October 2015

Two Poems, Ghost Town Literary Magazine, Issue 8, Fall 2015

"The Bomba Man and The Blues Man walk into a bar," Nashville Review, Issue 17, Summer 2015

"Cornbread," Apeiron Review, Issue 9, Summer 2015

"Afro-Seattleite Fragment #11: My Brother's Laughter," SiDEKiCK Lit, May 2015

Two Poems, The Acentos Review, May 2015

"Four-Dollar Mofongo, or On Having to Explain Why Puerto Rico Uses American Dollars," CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action, Issue 15, Spring 2015

"Afro-Seattleite Fragment #7: mxd kd sht," Mandala Journal, Issue XI, April 2015

"At Burrito Brothers: Vancouver, B.C. - June 2013" HEArt Online, April 2015

Poems, Moko, Issue 5, March 2015

"Afro-Seattleite Fragment #9: Ode To Rainier Beach," StepAway Magazine, Issue 16, March 2015

"Afro-Seattleite Fragment #15: Jimi Hendrix Plays 'The Star Spangled Banner' - Woodstock, 1969," Pacifica Literary Review (Online), March 2015

"A Night in Santurce," La Respuesta magazine, April 2014

"Rice and Beans," Profiles by The Vanderbilt Review, Fall 2013


"A Song to Rejoice: on My Fascination with Odes," Bird's Thumb, "Write Here, Write Now" Blog Series, May 2017

"¡Que te cante—yo tambien!: A Tribute To Tato Laviera," Winter Tangerine Review, Lineage of Mirrors, April 2017

"28 Days Later and Other Nightmares: On What Frightens Us," Kenyon Review (Reflections on fear curated by Rosebud Ben-Oni