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Dr. Joshua Bennett Acclaimed Poet & Arts Educator

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Dr. Joshua Bennett has recited his original work at events such as The Sundance Film Festival, The Clinton Global Citizen Awards, The NAACP Image Awards, and President Obama's Evening of Poetry and Music at The White House. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the William H. Milton Fund at ...    

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Dr. Joshua Bennett has recited his original work at events such as The Sundance Film Festival, The Clinton Global Citizen Awards, The NAACP Image Awards, and President Obama's Evening of Poetry and Music at The White House.

He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the William H. Milton Fund at Harvard University. His work has been published in The American Poetry Review, The New York Times, Poetry and elsewhere. His debut collection of poetry, The Sobbing School, was selected as a winner of The National Poetry Series, and published by Penguin Books in 2016. His first book of essays, Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and The End of Man, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press.

Dr. Bennett holds a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University, and an M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Warwick, where he was a Marshall Scholar. In 2010, he delivered the Commencement Address at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated with the distinctions of Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. He is currently a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard University.


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For over a decade, award-winning author and educator Joshua Bennett has traveled internationally reciting his original work, in addition to teaching narrative poetry as a vehicle for self-expression and social action. He is committed to the idea that storytelling is a practice of freedom, and through performance seeks to help audiences imagine an altogether different world; to see beauty, and limitless possibility, in what we have been taught is unworthy of praise.

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