What an honor to welcome the brilliant poet Dr. Joshua Bennett to the show for the first time and hear his magnificent gift with the spoken word first hand right here on What Matters Most. We talk about his take on coronavirus as well as other pressing topics. Joshua also shares some wonderful stories about growing up in New York City and his the powerful impact his beloved grandmother had on his life.
Dr. Joshua Bennett is the author of The Sobbing School (Penguin, 2016)—which was a National Poetry Series selection and a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He is also the author of 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. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Dartmouth College.
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