Clint Smith - "Counting Descent"

Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm


"So many of these poems just blow me away. Incredibly beautiful and powerful." -- Michelle Alexander, Author of The New Jim Crow

Clint Smith reads from Counting Descent.

At the Co-op


About the book: Clint Smith’s debut poetry collection, Counting Descent, is a coming of age story that seeks to complicate our conception of lineage and tradition. 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. His poems move fluidly across personal and political histories, all the while reflecting on the social construction of our lived experiences. Smith brings the reader on a powerful journey forcing us to reflect on all that we learn growing up, and all that we seek to unlearn moving forward.

About the author: Clint Smith is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University in Education with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Society. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and the National Science Foundation. Before beginning graduate school, Clint taught high school English in Prince George's Country, MD where in 2013 he was awarded the Christine D. Sarbanes teacher of the year award by the Maryland Humanities Council. His Ted Talks on "how to raise a black son in America", "the danger of silence" and "reframing the narrative around our students" have garnered more than 4 million views. In the summer of 2016 Clint was a speaker at The Aspen Ideas Festival where he shared his take on poetry as activism and the power of the youth voice to start a movement. His writing has been published in the The New Yorker, The Guardian, The American Literary Review, Boston Review, Harvard Educational Review and other publications. Counting Descent is his first full-length book of poetry.  

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637