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Poet & Educator Clint Smith to Speak on April 15 at 7 p.m.

Poet, writer, and teacher Clint Smith will visit Loomis Chaffee on Monday, April 15, as a visiting author for Loomis' biennial English Colloquium and will speak at a convocation on this year's school theme of "Mental Well-Being."

The public is invited to attend an evening talk with Mr. Smith on April 15 in Hubbard Performance Hall at 7 p.m. Admission is free of charge, and copies of Mr. Smith's book, Counting Descent, will be available for purchase at the event.

Mr. Smith is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and is the recipient of fellowships from the Art for Justice Fund, Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and the National Science Foundation. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and the Harvard Educational Review, among others. Counting Descent, his first full-length collection of poetry, was published in 2016. It 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. He was named to the 2018 Forbes "30 Under 30" list as well as Ebony Magazine's 2017 "Power 100" list. Mr. Smith's TED Talks, "The Danger of Silence" and "How to Raise a Black Son in America," have been viewed more than six million times. He is a weekly contributor to the podcast "Pod Save the People" and is co-host of the podcast "Justice in America."

For more information, connect to Mr. Smith's website.

Mr. Smith's visit to Loomis Chaffee is made possible with support from the Hubbard Speakers Series, a gift of Robert P. Hubbard '47, and the Ralph M. Shulansky '45 Fund.