An evening of poetry, music, and conversation featuring poet Joshua Bennett, pianist Samora Pinderhughes, and NAPF President Matthew Spellberg. Joshuaʼs poems inspire Samoraʼs compositions and improvisations, which in turn inspire a conversation about tradition in an anxious age, humility as a form of courage, prison abolition as a credo for building up more than tearing down, and the political possibility of an art that makes sacred the habits and professions of everyday life.
Joshua Bennett is a poet, critic, performer, and teacher. A Professor at Dartmouth College, winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting award, he is the author of two acclaimed books of poetry, The Sobbing School and Owed, as well as a work of literary criticism, Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man.
Samora Pinderhughes is a keyboardist, singer, and composer. He has collaborated with numerous artists, among them Herbie Hancock and MeLo-X and Christian Scott. He was the first-ever Soros Art for Justice Fellow, and is the creator of the multidisciplinary “Healing Project.”