Lecture | March 15 | 12 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Ishmael Reed is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, songwriter, public media commentator, lecturer, and publisher. His recent publications include The Complete Muhammad Ali, his latest nonfiction work; the essay collection Going Too Far: Essays About Americas Nervous Breakdown; his tenth novel, Juice!; and New and Collected Poems, 19642007. In 2013, his seventh play, The Final Version, premiered at the off-off-Broadway Nuyorican Poets Cafe. He is founder of the Before Columbus Foundation and PEN Oakland, nonprofit organizations run by writers for writers. He is a MacArthur Fellow, and among his other honors are the University of Buffalos 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize nominations, and a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Award. He was awarded the 2008 Blues Songwriter of the Year by the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame, and his collaborations with jazz musicians for the past forty years were recognized by SFJazz Center with his appointment from 2012 to 2016 as San Franciscos first Jazz Poet Laureate. His online international literary magazine, Konch, can be found at ishmaelreedpub.com.
Admission to this lecture is free.