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Malaika Albrecht

Malaika King Albrecht served as the inaugural Heart of Pamlico Poet Laureate. She’s the author of four poetry books. Her most recent book is The Stumble Fields (Main Street Rag, 2020), which was a finalist in the 2021 Eric Hoffer Award. Her book What the Trapeze Artist Trusts (Press 53) won honorable mention in the Oscar Arnold Young Award and was a finalist in 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Her chapbook Lessons in Forgetting was published by Main Street Rag and was a finalist in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received honorable mention in the Brockman Campbell Award. She’s the founding editor of Redheaded Stepchild, an online magazine that only accepts poems that have been rejected elsewhere. She lives in Ayden, North Carolina, on Freckles Farm with her family and is a yoga instructor, Reiki practitioner, and equine specialist in mental health and learning working with Mane Source Counseling and the nonprofit Horses and Health.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Love
  2. Family and friends
  3. Animals and nature
  4. The trinity of basics: sustenance, sleep, and air
  5. Gratitude
  6. Hope
  7. Art and creativity
  8. Meditation and prayer
  9. Joy
  10. Yoga and Healing Arts