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Ishmael Reed Profiled in the New Yorker

Julian Lucas has written a riveting profile of Ishmael Reed in the New Yorker! To read more about Reed's life, times, and ever-innovative and challenging work, click here: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/07/26/ishmael-reed-gets-the-last...

THE FOOL WHO THOUGHT TOO MUCH on sale now!

Ishmael Reed's new Audible Original, THE FOOL WHO THOUGHT TOO MUCH, published today, 11/5/20! His previous Audible original MALCOLM AND ME was a bestseller. Buy it here: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Fool-Who-Thought-Too-Much-Audiobook/B08MB...

WHY THE BLACK HOLE SINGS THE BLUES on sale now!

Order your copy of Ishmael Reed's newest poetry collection, WHY THE BLACK HOLE SINGS THE BLUES, today! It published on November 3, 2020 from Dalkey Archive Press. Buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Sings-Blues-American-Literature/dp/1628973587

THE HAUNTING OF LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA on sale now!

Order your copy of Ishmael Reed's acclaimed play, THE HAUNTING OF LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, today! It published on October 6, 2020 from Archway Editions. Buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/Haunting-Lin-Manuel-Miranda-Ishmael-Reed/dp/1576879240

Welcome to Ishmael Reed's Site

"Reed believes that the capricious tastes of white readers have made Black literature appear to be a revolving door of transient starts... 'Anti-racism,' he said, is 'the new yoga.' Even the diversification of major media outlets leaves him cold... he lives the strange double life as a canonical author of the twentieth century and an underground voice of the twenty-first." —New Yorker profile by Julian Lucas, 07/26/21

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; and founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, which promotes multicultural American writing. The American Book Awards, sponsored by the foundation has been called The American League to the National Book Awards’ National League. He also founded PEN Oakland which issues the Josephine Miles Literary Awards. PEN Oakland has been called “The Blue Collar PEN” by The New York Times.

Ishmael Reed is the author of more than thirty titles including the acclaimed novel Mumbo Jumbo, as well as non-fiction, plays and poetry. His other novels include: The Freelance Pallbearers; Yellow Back Radio Broke Down; Flight To Canada; The Last Days Of Louisiana Red; Reckless Eyeballing; The Terrible Twos; The Terrible Threes; Japanese By Spring; Juice!; and Conjugating Hindi.

“Great,” James Baldwin

“Great,” Sam Tanenhaus, The New York Times

“Great,” Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic Wire

A “modern-day Moliere.” Backstage

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