Joshua Bennett returns to Chautauqua to discuss his new book of poetry, Owed — a collection of odes that seek to celebrate the places and people that have been wronged for too long. Bennett calls them “poems of reparation” for himself. He will be in conversation with Director of Literary Arts Sony Ton-Aime. Together, they will discuss the collection, Blackness in America, struggle, hope and creativity. They will also briefly discuss Bennett’s other new book, On Being Property Once Myself.
Bennett is the Mellon Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. He is the author of three books of poetry and criticism: The Sobbing School (Penguin, 2016) — winner of the National Poetry Series and a finalist for an NAACP Image Award — Being Property Once Myself (Harvard University Press, 2020) and Owed (Penguin, 2020). Bennett earned his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University, and an masters in theatre and performance studies from the University of Warwick, where he was a Marshall Scholar.
Bennett’s writing has been published in Best American Poetry, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Poetry and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, MIT, and the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. He has recited his original works at venues such as the Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP Image Awards, and President Barack Obama’s Evening of Poetry and Music at the White House. His next book, Spoken Word: A Cultural History, is forthcoming from Knopf.
To complement the CHQ Authors Convening experience, audience members are encouraged to purchase their own copy of Owed before the event from the Chautauqua Bookstore: https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/book/9780143133858