Clint Smith

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Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of the poetry collection Counting Descent, which won the Best Poetry Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. (Photo credit: Carletta Girma)
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How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

ISBN 9780316492935 Little, Brown and Company / Hachette Book Group

Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks—those that are honest about the past and those that are not—that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nation’s collective history, and ourselves. More about this book >

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Clint Smith

Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of the poetry collection Counting Descent, which won the Best Poetry Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He has received fellowships from New America, the Emerson Collective, the Art for Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. Born and raised in New Orleans, he received his BA in English from Davidson College and his PhD in Education from Harvard University.

(Photo credit: Carletta Girma)

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