Martin Douglas with Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes — 'Black Punk Now'

A canonizing, bold, and urgent anthology setting a new precedent for Black Punk Lit, created by generations of Black punks—featuring both new voices and those from the not-so-recent past.


Third Place Books is jazzed to welcome KEXP's Martin Douglas to our Ravenna store! Douglas will be discussing the new anthology, Black Punk Now, an anthology of contemporary nonfiction, fiction, illustrations, and comics that collectively describe punk today and give Black punks a wider frame of reference. It shows all of the strains, styles, and identities of Black punk that are thriving, and gives newcomers to the scene more chances to see themselves. Douglas will be joined in conversation by local multi-disciplinary artist and founding member of Black Constellation, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes. This event is free and open to the public (to veteran punks, beginner punks, and non-punks alike).

Larry Mizell, Jr., originally scheduled to moderate this event, is no longer able to attend due to a scheduling conflict. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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About Black Punk Now. . .

Black Punk Now is an anthology of contemporary nonfiction, fiction, illustrations, and comics that collectively describe punk today and give punks—especially the Black ones—a wider frame of reference.  It shows all of the strains, styles, and identities of Black punk that are thriving, and gives newcomers to the scene more chances to see themselves.

Curated from the perspective of Black writers with connections to the world of punk, the collection mixes media as well as generations, creating a new reference point for music-lovers, readers, and historians by capturing the present and looking towards the future. With strong visual elements integrated throughout, this smart, intimate collection is demonstrative of punk by being punk itself: underground, rebellious, aesthetic but not static—working to decenter whiteness by prioritizing other perspectives.

Edited by graphic novelist and filmmaker James Spooner, and author Chris L. Terry, contributors to the collection include critic Hanif Abdurraqib and Mars Dixon, conversations with Brontez Purnell, and a roundtable of all femme festival organizers.


Praise for Black Punk Now. . .

"Engaging and original . . . This is a fresh new collection of captivating writing and interviews about a vital, vibrant music and political scene."
—Allison Escoto, Booklist

"With graphics, short stories, poems, lyrics, conversations, commentary, and notes on how capitalism naturally tries to co-opt cultural scenes and how Black punks naturally resist it, the anthology is a cornucopia of righteous resistance, both fun to read and energetically provocative . . . Great reading for punks of every persuasion, who, one hopes, will take it and change the world."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A testament to the often challenging experience of being an outsider, and the joy of finding a sense of belonging. These are the stories I wish I heard when I was growing up.”
—Nabil Ayers, author of My Life in the Sunshine

"Black Punk Now delivers a unique literary experience, full of sociopolitical insights, arresting visuals, and limitless imagination. By turns sharp, rousing, delightful, and electric, this is an anthology to savor."
—Dawnie Walton, author of The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

“In Black Punk Now Spooner and Terry have given voice, sound, fury and shape to all things Black and BIPOC punk. Equal parts how-to guide, field manual, and encyclopedic anthology comprising essays, short stories, interviews, memories, and graphic novel panels. From the historical origins of those who paved the way, to those individuals and groups carrying the torch and keeping the flame alive. To have such an emotive, resonant, and necessary resource is as revolutionary as those of us melanated 'outsiders' who defy convention, stereotype, hyphenate ,or box with our very being.”
—Justin Warfield, musician and hip hop MC, She Wants Revenge

Martin Douglas has been a proper music journalist since 2010. He has written for publications such as Pitchfork, MTV News, and respected music blog Passion of the Weiss, as well as many others. Martin currently lives in North Seattle and works as a staff reporter for KEXP, where he authors the long-running Pacific Northwest music column “Throwaway Style" and served as co-host and co-producer of the Webby Honoree podcast Fresh off the Spaceship. His contribution to Black Punk Now, "Confessions of a Black Rock 'n Roll Critic," is his first completed work of fiction.

Maikoiyo Anabi Alley-Barnes is a multimedia artist, curator, filmmaker, writer, and designer exploring the resonance of genetic cultural memory through the mundane and the mystical. Alley-Barnes’ practice offers meditative narratives that reflect his fascination with, admiration for, and immersion in the aesthetic, ritual and continuum that is the African Diaspora. Be it through his headdress and mask work, pelts, or unique brand of sculpture named refuse alchemy, central to Alley-Barnes’ practice is a desire to bring a more visceral, lush, and sensual sensibility to our day-to-day lives. Alley-Barnes is a founding member of the multidisciplinary creative collective Black Constellation. Alley-Barnes lives and works in Seattle.

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