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Clint Smith

Award-Winning Teacher | Acclaimed Spoken Word Poet and staff writer at The Atlantic

Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of the narrative nonfiction book, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller, and the poetry collection Counting Descent, which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry…

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Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of the narrative nonfiction book, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller, and the poetry collection 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 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.

Clint is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion and a 2017 recipient of the Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review. His two TED Talks, The Danger of Silence and How to Raise a Black Son in America, collectively have been viewed more than 9 million times.

Previously, Clint taught high school English in Prince George’s County, Maryland where, in 2013, he was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council. He currently teaches writing and literature in the D.C. Central Detention Facility. He is also 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.

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    The Danger of Silence
    What are the consequences of our silence in the face of other’s suffering? How can we move from being bystanders to the world around us, and into active, empathetic citizens? Clint Smith using his experience as a teacher and poet to share personal stories of justice, community, and education to illuminate how we can all recognize the power of our voice.

    Spoken Word Poetry in the Classroom
    How can spoken word poetry be used to enhance student investment and change the culture of a classroom?

    Clint Smith is an award winner educator, National Poetry Slam champion, and Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University. He has spoken at the U.S. Department of Education, the IB Conference of the Americas, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and numerous universities throughout the country.

    Listen as Clint shares how spoken word poetry can be used in the classroom to transform the way students think about literature and writing.

    Understanding Across Lines of Difference
    In an increasingly diversifying world, it is essential for us to develop the skills and understanding to empathize across lines of differences. Clint Smith shares his poetry and personal story of navigating differences and understanding that we all share a common humanity.

    Writing for Social Change
    Writing has the transformative power to help us not only to imagine a new world, but to construct it. Clint leads writing workshops all over the world from state prisons to Ivy League universities, and finds that we all share the desire to create a better society. Listen as Clint discusses how creative writing can be used to start important dialogue that leads to action.

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    Clint Smith: How to raise a black son in America

    Clint Smith performs " History Reconsidered"

    Clint Smith - Talks at Google

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