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New Poems

"Silencing Pretty Boy Et. Al.," "Squirrel at the Feeder," and "Landscape #1:Bluff." Scarlett Leaf Review: http:/​/​www.scarletleafreview.com/​poems/​laban-carrick-hill-poems

Creative Nonfiction and Articles

"Sometimes the South Really Is Something Out of a Flannery O'Connor Story" The Atlantic: http:/​/​www.theatlantic.com/​notes/​2016/​04/​sometimes-the-south-really-is-something-out-of-a-flannery-oconnor-story/​478656/​

"In the Company of Men"
This is a piece I wrote for Cigar Aficionado on smoking cigars.

Radio Interviews

KPAM Radio Travel Show, Portland, OR, August 22, 2009.

Passions and Possibilities Radio Show

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My Dad and I have been reading your book Dave the Potter over and over again, and are really touched by its positive, somewhat sad message. Can you tell me where you get the inspiration for writing such a great story? Thank you so much!

I really enjoyed When the Beat Was Born! Here's a review!

Bought Dave the Potter. Love the book! The illustrations are fantastic. I also bought Carolina Clay by Leonard Todd. I am very excited about both. Your name drew me to find your web site. "Carrick" is not seen very often. My maiden name was Carrick. the family was from Lexington ,NC. I don't know any one with that name because the family members that I knew have all passed away. Glyndora Carrick King.

Just read your book Dave the Potter. It was beautifully done and quite informative. One of my passions is history as I am an elementary school teacher and children tend not to know "Their" history as it relates to knowing who they are!!. Question: Would you be able to visit my school (upper Westside) that has a diverse population. I guess you charge a fee :) What's the fee or is it free with the stipulation that your book would be sold with an autograph. Please respond via your website.


I read your piece in the NY Times and I really liked it. Unfortunately you committed the proverbial crime by calling "hkatenkwan" a peanut stew. Oops, Nkwan means soup and it is definitely a groundnut soup. But, I liked your vivid recount of the trip. My name is Sydney Casely-Hayford, I publish a newspaper for Ghanaians in the US Diaspora. Why don't you find a moment a call me on 301-755-7734. I would like to publish some of the poems on my website and in the newspaper. Take care.

Your web site is lovely, but most of all you seems to capture the essence of Ghana beyond the grasp of most westerners. I am very proud of you.

It's exciting to see such a prolific and stimulating presentation of one man's work. Thanks Laban. - Vidda Crochetta from Vermont

I like it very much!
-- Susie from Idaho

Selected Works

1. Nonfiction
"Completely awesome"--Time "Hill tells the story of the birth of hip-hop with his own catchy rhythm, and Taylor’s illustrations bring out the enthusiasm and sense of community at the heart of this trend-setting sound."--New York Times Book Review
"Phenomenal."–Howard Zinn "Excellent."–New York Times Book Review
Harlem Stomp! is a wonderous new book: it celebrates a time, a place, an energy, and a people who refused to be held back and so they created a culture the entire world is still reeling from.”
--George C. Wolfe, writer, director, and producer of the Public Theater, NYC
3. Poetry
A picturebook poem describing the life of the slave potter Dave. Illustrated by Bryan Collier.
“Contemporary Poetry of New England offers a vivid portrait of a region, its colors and smells, its physical and emotional textures, and the people…. It presents a range of poets, few of whom would call themselves a “region poet,” although each has taken to heart in a private way Frost’s haunting dictum: ‘Locality gives art.’”
--from the Introduction
2. Fiction
A seventeen-year-old is plucked out of the Grande Armee to sit in place of Napoleon for a portrait of the Emperor by the artist David.
"I felt like a kid reading every word on the page! I liked the strains of "magic realism" coming through in Frida's house! Children will relate to this very much! The story is charming and reads like a thriller." –Margarita Aguilar, Assisant Curator, El Museo del Barrio
4. Middle Grade Series
These kids love extreme sports--snowboarding, skateboarding, rock climbing, wake boarding--and are ready to fight when the right to do their sport is threatened.