Joshua Bennett

Joshua Bennett

Fellow: Awarded 2021
Field of Study: American Literature

Competition: US & Canada

Joshua Bennett is the Mellon Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth. He is the author of four books of poetry and criticism: The Sobbing School (Penguin, 2016)—winner of the National Poetry Series and a finalist for an NAACP Image Award—as well as Being Property Once Myself (Harvard University Press, 2020), Owed (Penguin, 2020), and The Study of Human Life (Penguin, 2022).

Joshua earned his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University, and an M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Warwick, where he was a Marshall Scholar.

He has recited his original works at the Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP Image Awards, and President Obama’s Evening of Poetry and Music at the White House.

Joshua has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, MIT, and the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. His poetry, performances, and critical prose can be found on his website. His first work of narrative nonfiction, Spoken Word: A Cultural History, is forthcoming from Knopf.

Photo Credit: Kathy Ryan

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