November 23, 2012 – A Conversation with Ishmael Reed

This program features a conversation with Ishmael Reed, essayist, novelist, poet and activist. Author of over twenty titles, his most recent book is Going Too Far: Essays About America’s Nervous Breakdown. Ishmael Reed is the winner of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship (genius award), the renowned L.A. Times Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award. He has been nominated for a Pulitzer and finalist for two National Book Awards and is Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a fellow of Harvard’s Signet Society and Yale’s Calhoun House. He is a publisher, editor of thirteen anthologies and numerous magazines, television producer, public media commentator, teacher and lecturer. His tenth novel, Juice!, published by Dalkey Archive Press in April, 2011, includes over twenty of his cartoons. On February 28, 2012, SF JAZZ, the leading nonprofit jazz organization on the West Coast, appointed Ishmael Reed the first SFJAZZ Poet Laureate. LitQuake, the yearly San Francisco Literary Festival, honored Ishmael Reed with their 2011 Barbary Coast Award.

His other titles include the following:

Mumbo Jumbo
The Freelance Pallbearers
The Terrible Threes
The Last Days of Louisiana Red
Yellow Back Radio Broke Down
Reckless Eyeballing
Flight to Canada
Japanese By Spring

Websites of interest:

PEN Oakland
Konch Magazine