Date and Time
Nov 16, 2023 6:00 pm
Next Up to the Mic with Andy Shallal...Cliint Smith
In this interview with Busboys and Poets' CEO and Founder, Andy Shallal, Clint Smith will discuss the profound significance of his critically acclaimed and timely #1 New York Times bestseller, "How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America."
The pair will delve into the enduring impact of slavery on American society, illuminating how the intertwined forces of history and memory continue to influence our daily existence.
ABOUT CLINT SMITH
Clint Smith is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism, the Stowe Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and selected by the New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of 2021. He is also the author of two books of poetry, the New York Times bestselling collection Above Ground and Counting Descent, which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He is a staff writer at The Atlantic.
Clint has received fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New America, the Emerson Collective, the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation. His essays, poems, and scholarly writing have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, the Harvard Educational Review, and elsewhere. He is a former National Poetry Slam champion and a recipient of the Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review.
Previously, Clint taught high school English in Prince George’s County, Maryland where he was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council. He is the host of the YouTube series Crash Course Black American History.
Clint received his B.A. in English from Davidson College and his Ph.D. in Education from Harvard University. Born and raised in New Orleans, he currently lives in Maryland with his wife and their two children.
This event is free and open to all. Our program begins at 6:00 pm, and will be followed by an audience Q&A. Copies of "How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America" will be available for purchase before and after the event.
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This program will be recorded for later broadcast on "Next Up to the Mic with Andy Shallal", a weekly program to air on WPFW 89.3 FM