As National Poetry Month draws to a close, Commonweal’s Claudia Avila Cosnahan is joined by poet, scholar, and professor Joshua Bennett to talk about his new book, Spoken Word: A Cultural History.
A prominent slam champion himself, Bennett explains how spoken word poetry has shaped his life and how the art form contributes to the ongoing work of community-building and liberation.
And be sure to stick around for a short conversation with Mollie Wilson O’Reilly about the life of Claire Huchet Bishop (1898–1993), a writer, librarian, and opponent of anti-semitism who also served for many years as the children’s books editor at Commonweal.
For further reading:
- Alejandro Nava on the theology of hip-hop
- Anthony Domestico reviews Joshua Bennett’s Owed
- Daria Donnelly on the imagination of children’s books
- Claire Huchet Bishop on book bannings in the 1940s
“I’m still learning why I’m here on Earth. But I hope I’m doing it well.”—Joshua Bennett
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