Thursday, September 22
How the Word Is Passed at Nook Farm:
Live Stream Program & Discussion
6:30-7:30 pm: Live-streamed conversation between Dr. Clint Smith & Linda Norris
7:30-8:00 pm: Q & A
8:15-9:00 pm: Dred & Hope: Poets Respond to Dred
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Thank you so much for registering for Stowe Prize Part II on the grounds of the Stowe Center. Unfortunately, due to predicted inclement weather, Stowe Prize Part II will take place as an entirely VIRTUAL event. Instructions and links will be sent to all who registered for the onsite celebration, to be enjoyed at home.
Dr. Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic. How the Word Is Passed was a number one New York Times bestseller and was named one of the ten best books of 2021 by the New York Times Book Review. Dr. Smith’s 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. He has received numerous awards and honors, including fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Emerson Collective, the Art for Justice Fund, and Cave Canem.
Dr. Smith’s essays, poems, and scholarly articles have been published in The New Yorker, The New Republic, and The Paris Review, among others. He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion and a 2017 recipient of the Jerome J. Shestack Prize for the American Poetry Review. He received his B.A. from Davidson College and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is host of the YouTube series Crash Course Black American History and was previously a high school English teacher.
The Stowe Prize recognizes the author of a distinguished book of general adult fiction or nonfiction whose written work illuminates a critical social issue in the tradition of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The winning book applies informed inquiry, is accessible and engaging to a wide audience, and promotes empathy and understanding. In making this award, the Stowe Center recognizes the value of diversity to strengthen our communities.
Author of the international best-selling novel of the 19th century, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Stowe’s words and actions remain relevant today. Stowe believed her purpose in life was to write, and her most famous work exposed the truth about the greatest injustice of her day – human slavery.
Dr. Clint Smith is the eighth recipient of the Stowe Prize, following Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn in 2011 for Half the Sky, Michelle Alexander in 2013 for The New Jim Crow, Ta-Nehisi Coates in 2015 for The Case for Reparations, Bryan Stevenson in 2017 for Just Mercy, Matthew Desmond in 2018 for Evicted, Albert Woodfox in 2020 for Solitary, and Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr. for Begin Again.
Stowe Prize 2022 Selection Committee
Andrea Barton Reeves
Joan Hedrick (Board Member)
Jeffrey Ogbar (Board Member)
Dawne Westbrook (Board Member)