“My larger creative project as an artist & scholar centers around a desire to cultivate new vocabularies for living/thinking/writing/performing blackness, destabilize hegemonic conceptions of beauty and strength, and, as much as is possible within the constraints of linear time, have mad fun writing poems and teaching workshops and telling jokes with my friends. I am committed to the love and care of friends. I am committed to expansive notions of kin that transcend species. Put (just a little bit) differently, I am committed to the flourishing of life, to the joy of the plant and animal world, and the collective empowerment of marginalized persons everywhere. Word is bond.”
Joshua Bennett is a performance poet from Yonkers, NY. He has recited his original works at events and venues such as The Sundance Film Festival, The NAACP Image Awards, The Clinton Global Citizen Awards and President Obama’s Evening of Poetry and Music at the White House. His work has been published, or is forthcoming, in Drunken Boat, Muzzle, Poetry Northeast, Disability Studies Quarterly and Clarion.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Joshua graduated with the distinctions of Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, after double majoring in English and Africana Studies. He is currently a third-year doctoral candidate in the English Department at Princeton
University, where he concentrates primarily in the fields of black studies, disability studies, and ecocriticism. When he is not writing, reading or performing, Joshua enjoys watching the hit Cartoon Network series, Adventure Time with Finn and Jake and practicing his free throws. He currently shoots about 62% from the line. He’s working on it.