Joshua Bennett earned an MA in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Warwick, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and his PhD from Princeton University. He is the author of three books of poetry and criticism: The Sobbing School (Penguin, 2016), winner of the National Poetry Series and a finalist for an NAACP Image Award; Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man (Harvard University Press, 2020); and Owed (Penguin, 2020). His first work of narrative nonfiction, Spoken Word: A Cultural History, is forthcoming from Knopf in 2021. Dr. Bennett has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, MIT, and the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. The winner of a Whiting Award for Poetry and Nonfiction, he is the Mellon Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth.