Join us on April 12th for another evening of poetry and spoken word with Dr. Joshua Bennett, as part of our 2018-2019 Diversity Series: Understanding, Respecting, and Connecting. Dr. Bennett previously performed at New City School in January of this year, however, many who had planned to be there were unable to attend due to inclement weather that evening. We are excited to have the opportunity to welcome Dr. Bennett back to our school, and to invite our community to an encore performance of his work as our final diversity event of the school year.
Dr. Joshua Bennett is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. He is the author of The Sobbing School (Penguin, 2016)—winner of the National Poetry Series and a finalist for an NAACP Image Award—as well as Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man (Harvard University Press, 2020), Owed (Penguin, 2020), and Spoken Word: A Cultural History, which is forthcoming from Knopf.
Dr. Bennett earned his PhD in English from Princeton University, and his MA 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.
Dr. Bennett has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, MIT, and the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. His writing has been published in The Nation, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. He has recited his original work at venues such as the Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP Image Awards, and President Obama’s Evening of Poetry and Music at the White House.