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Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures: Clint Smith


Mar 29, 2023

6:00 pm- 8:00 pm


Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland

4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Hear from best-selling writer Clint Smith about his new poetry collection, 'Above Ground.'

Clint Smith’s compelling new collection traverses the vast emotional terrain of fatherhood, exploring how becoming a parent has recalibrated his sense of the world. Readers will find poems that interrogate the ways our lives are shaped by personal lineages and historical institutions; poems that revel in the wonder of rediscovering the world through the eyes of your children; and poems that meditate on what it means to raise a family in a world filled with constant social and political tumult. Above Ground wrestles with how we hold wonder and despair in the same hands, how we carry intimate moments of joy and a collective sense of mourning in the same body.

Clint Smith is a staff writer at The AtlanticHow the Word Is Passed was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and a 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner for Nonfiction. His poetry collection Counting Descent, 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 essays, poems, and scholarly writing have been published in The New YorkerThe New York Times MagazineThe New RepublicPoetry MagazineThe Paris Review, the Harvard Educational Review, and elsewhere.

Image of author Clint Smith and his poetry collection Above Ground