Clint Smith

Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic and author of How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, a #1 New York Times best seller, and the poetry collection Counting Descent, which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award.  His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Poetry magazine, The Paris Review, and elsewhere.  Mr. Smith is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion and a 2017 recipient of the Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review.  His two TED Talks, The Danger of Silence and How to Raise a Black Son in America, collectively have been viewed more than 9 million times.  He is also the host of the YouTube series Crash Course Black American History.  Previously, Mr. Smith taught high school English in Prince George's County, Maryland where, in 2013, he was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council.  He currently teaches writing and literature in the DC Central Detention Facility.  Mr. Smith received his BA in English from Davidson College and a PhD in education from Harvard University.