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Ishmael Reed has written a new foreword to the collection SELECTED POEMS OF CALVIN C. HERNTON, out now from Wesleyan University Press. Click here to order your copy today: 

New Ishmael Reed Foreword- THE MAN WHO CRIED I AM

Ishmael Reed has written a foreword to a new edition of THE MAN WHO CRIED I AM by acclaimed author John A. Williams, which Library of America will publish on November 7th, 2023. Click here to pre-order your copy now: 

THE SLAVE WHO LOVED CAVIAR Released in November 2023

The text of Ishmael Reed's acclaimed play THE SLAVE WHO LOVED CAVIAR was published by Archway Editions (distributed by Simon & Schuster) on November 14th, 2023. Already the subject of controversy during its original 2021-2022 run at the Theater for the New City in the East Village, Archway Editions is proud to bring you the unabridged text of THE SLAVE WHO LOVED CAVIAR, Ishmael Reed’s latest feat of research and drama, the tragedy as disturbingly real for today’s artists as it was in the 1980’s. Click here to order your copy now:

Ishmael Reed Receives Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award!

On October 26th, 2023, Ishmael Reed was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation in Washington, DC alongside fellow honorees Carol Anderson and Troy Johnson. Ishmael will receive The North Star Award, given once yearly to an exceptional innovator in supporting and sustaining Black literature. Read the press release here:

New Album "The Hands of Grace"

Ishmael Reed's new album from Reading Group, "The Hands of Grace," is out now! Ishmael plays piano on original compositions from his play "The Slave Who Loved Caviar" and other works. Buy the album for only $10 now:

The New York Review of Books Covers YELLOW BACK RADIO BROKE-DOWN

The New York Review of Books has published a feature on Ishmael Reed's acclaimed 1969 novel YELLOW BACK RADIO BROKE-DOWN by Julian Lucas! Read the article here:

Ishmael Reed receives the 2022 Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award!

Ishmael Reed is the recipient of the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, presented by the Cleveland Foundation! Click here to read more and watch the award announcement from Henry Louis Gates, Jr.:  

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:

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; honored as Distinguished Professor Emeritus awardee of the year 2020 by the University of California at Berkeley; and is 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; The Terrible Fours; 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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