Celebrating Poetry Month: Author Talk with Clint Smith

Celebrating Poetry Month: Author Talk with Clint Smith

Wed, 04/05/2023 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us and learn about best-selling and award-winning writer Clint Smith’s new collection of poetry, his inspiration, his creative process, and more.

PBS Books, in collaboration with the Association of the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), is pleased to host a program in celebration of Poetry Month with best-selling and award-winning writer Clint Smithauthor of his newly released book of poetry “Above Ground.” Join us on WXXI's Facebook page Wednesday, April 5 at 8 p.m. to learn more about Clint. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: "Above Ground" Clint Smith’s vibrant and compelling new collection “Above Ground” traverses the vast emotional terrain of fatherhood and explores how becoming a parent has recalibrated his sense of the world. There are poems that interrogate the ways our lives are shaped by both personal lineages and historical institutions. There are poems that revel in the wonder of discovering the world anew through the eyes of your children, as they discover it for the first time. There are poems that meditate on what it means to raise a family in a world filled with constant social and political tumult. “Above Ground” wrestles with how we hold wonder and despair in the same hands, how we carry intimate moments of joy and a collective sense of mourning in the same body. Smith’s lyrical, narrative poems bring the reader on a journey not only through the early years of his children’s lives, but through the changing world in which they are growing up—through the changing world of which we are all a part. “Above Ground” is a breathtaking collection that follows Smith's first award-winning book of poetry, “Counting Descent.” 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 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, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism, and selected by the New York Times as one of the 10 best books of 2021. He is also the author of 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. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. Clint received his B.A. in English from Davidson College and a Ph.D. in Education from Harvard University.