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Jabari Asim

Jabari Asim is a writer and educator who has been writing about the African American experience for decades. Asim is a former editor at the Washington Post (a position he held for eleven years) and was the editor in chief at The Crisis, the primary publication of the NAACP, from 2007 to 2017. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2009. A former scholar-in-residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he is currently an associate professor and the director for the creative writing graduate program at Emerson College. His work has been anthologized in five collections, and he has published both fiction and nonfiction for adults, as well as books for children. Among his books are What Obama Means . . . For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future (2009), the novel Only the Strong (2015), and Whose Toes are Those? (2006). His latest is We Can't Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival.

Interview with WBUR

"'The Talk,' a Poem Inspired by Ferguson, Mo."

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Saturday, October 13