Educator, activist and poet Clint Smith, whose two TED Talks, “The Danger of Silence” and “How to Raise a Black Son in America,” have been viewed more than 4 million times, will present his latest poetry collection, Counting Descent, here at the Schomburg. In Counting Descent, Smith explores the cognitive dissonance that results from belonging to a community that unapologetically celebrates black humanity while living in a world that often renders blackness a caricature of fear. A 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, Smith’s writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The American Literary Review, and Harvard Educational Review.
Smith will be joined in conversation with Mahogany L. Browne, Cave Canem, Poets House & Serenbe Focus alum and author of several books, including Redbone (nominated for NAACP Outstanding Literary Works). Browne bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee. A book signing will follow.
Watch on livestream.
FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED
For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.
Please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.
Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Ayofemi Kirby at email@example.com.
Please note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.