Books Noted Live: Kazim Ali and Joshua Bennett


“So how do you discern a shape for / What is often called g-d.” Kazim Ali reads from his latest collection, The Voice of Sheila Chandra (Alice James Books, 2020), in this Academy of American Poets virtual reading and conversation with Joshua Bennett, author of Owed (Penguin Poets, 2020). For more from these poets, read what motivates Ali’s writing in Writers Recommend and about Bennett’s writing process in Ten Questions.


Joshua Bennett on the Spoken Word Tradition


“Say it. / That every day is a toast / to living. An ode to the way we / made resilience an art...” In this lecture for the Chautauqua Institution, Joshua Bennett reads a selection of his poems and meditates on his father’s life and the history of the spoken word tradition. Bennett speaks about his latest poetry collection, Owed (Penguin Poets, 2020), in an installment of Ten Questions.

In Case of Emergency: Letter to My Nephew


“Forgive me. My heart is an endless elegy. My heart is the ash every house of God leaves behind.” Joshua Bennett, author of the poetry collection, The Sobbing School (Penguin Books, 2016), reads a poem for “Black Joy,” an event presented by AfroPunk and the Strivers Row in New York.

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