Clint Smith: Living While Black

FRI, JUL 24, 2020 (35:23)

Writer, poet and teacher Clint Smith talks with Jude Nixon, Professor of English at Salem State University talk about some of the poems in “Counting Descent,” and previews Smith’s forthcoming non-fiction book, “How The Word Is Passed,” which explores how different sites across the country reckon with, or fail to reckon with, their relationship to the history of slavery.

Image: Book Cover

+ BIO: Jude Nixon

Professor of English and former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Salem State University, and habilitated Professor in the Polish Academy.

Dr. Jude V. Nixon has enjoyed more than 35 years as a college professor and administrator. His teaching and research interests include Victorian literature and culture and Caribbean literature. Dr. Nixon holds a PhD in 18th-20th century British Literature, and he has taught at universities (small, regional, comprehensive, doctoral, research, private, and public) in Pennsylvania, Texas, Michigan, and Massachusetts, where he currently teaches and resides. Read about his newest work on The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins: Editing G. M. Hopkins.

+ BIO: Clint Smith

Clint Smith is a writer, teacher, and Emerson Fellow at New America. He currently teaches writing and literature in the DC Central Detention facility. His essays, poems, and scholarly writing have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, the Harvard Educational Review and elsewhere.

Smith’s first full-length collection of poetry, “COUNTING DESCENT” was published by Write Bloody Publishing in 2016. It won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award, and was selected as the 2017 ‘One Book One New Orleans’ book selection.

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