Vulnerable AF from Grammy-nominated recording artist and slam poet Tarriona “Tank” Ball. Vulnerable AF will be published in June 2021. Tank shared the announcement across her social media in a photoshoot where she revealed the book cover.
“We are thrilled to be publishing this debut! Tank’s unmistakable voice, infectious charm, and—obviously—the emotional vulnerability in her work is a joy to read,” said AMP president and publisher Kirsty Melville. “Tank has already won the hearts of independent booksellers with her heartfelt and charismatic video shown at this year’s virtual conference for the American Bookseller Association and we are sure readers are going to fall just as hard. We look forward to her being one of the breakout voices on our forthcoming list.”
Vulnerable AF is poetry and prose about Tank’s first romantic relationship. From first date, to first kiss, to first “you-know-what” this collection confronts the lasting scars first love can leave on you when it ends. Told with great heart, Vulnerable AF will resonate with anyone who has been through romantic hardship, reminding us that we can make it through heartbreak stronger, wiser, and with our sense of humor intact.
Tank is a national award-winning New-Orleans based slam poet. She is a Grammy-nominated recording artist with her band, Tank and the Bangas. She has received praise from, among others, NPR, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Essence (“radiate[s] confidence in her melodic poetry”).