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Joshua Bennett: The Sobbing School (Video)

July 6, 2017

On October 12, 2016, poet and scholar Dr. Joshua Bennett, C’10 visited Penn for a poetry reading of his debut collection, “The Sobbing School.” The event was hosted by the Center for Africana Studies. The collection was selected by award-winning Filipino-born American poet Eugene Gloria in 2015 as a winner of the National Poetry Series. While an undergraduate in 2009, Bennett was invited to perform for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House Poetry Jam. As a graduating senior, he delivered the student graduation address for the College.

Bennett received his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University in 2015 and is currently a member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. 

On October 12, 2016, poet and scholar Dr. Joshua Bennett, C’10 visited Penn for a poetry reading of his debut collection, “The Sobbing School.” The event was hosted by the Center for Africana Studies. The collection was selected by award-winning Filipino-born American poet Eugene Gloria in 2015 as a winner of the National Poetry Series. While an undergraduate in 2009, Bennett was invited to perform for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House Poetry Jam. As a graduating senior, he delivered the student graduation address for the College.  Bennett received his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University in 2015 and is currently a member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. 

Click here to view the video and interview.