Joshua Bennett

Friday, July 26, 2019

Location Amphitheater

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Assistant professor, English and Creative Writing, Dartmouth College
Author, The Sobbing School

Joshua Bennett is a poet and the Mellon Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. His first work of narrative nonfiction, Spoken Word: A Cultural History, is forthcoming from Knopf. 

Bennett is also the author of The Sobbing School — which was a National Poetry Series selection and a finalist for an NAACP Image Award in Poetry — as well as the forthcoming Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man, and Owed, which will be his second collection of poetry. Bennett has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, MIT, and the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. His writing has appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Poetry and elsewhere. He has recited his original works at venues such as the Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP Image Awards, the Clinton Global Citizen Awards, and President Barack Obama’s Evening of Poetry and Music at the White House.

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.