Rave Reviews: Clint Smith named to Forbes' 2018 30 Under 30 List

2017 has certainly been a standout year for Clint Smith, with his 2016 poetry collection Counting Descent, winning the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. He's a 2017 recipient of the Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review. He was recently named to the EBONY Power 100 2017 list under "The Luminaries". And this week was announced as a 30 Under 30 Media star for Forbes.

As a featured voice of Crooked Media's popular podcast "Pod Save the People" and one of our most popular speakers, Clint has much to share with us on historical perspectives and the use of poetry as a means to ask about the world—something he often dissects both on the show, in his writing, with his studies and certainly his speeches.

Check out this reflective video and short performance of his piece "What the cicada said the black boy":

#ICYMI: Marie Claire's excerpt of Brooke Hauser's "Enter Helen"

A few months before Playboy's April issue hit stands, a young journalist from Ohio applied for one job that Helen Gurley Brown never could have landed, no matter how hard she tried: Playboy Bunny. Even with her wigs, false eyelashes, Pan-Cake, and padded bra, Helen simply didn't look the part. But Gloria Steinem did. Twenty-eight with dark brown hair, kohl eyes, and the killer legs of a Copa Girl, Steinem walked into Hugh Hefner's New York Playboy Club one brisk day in January 1963, carrying her leotard in a hatbox and a newspaper ad hyping the perks of being a Playboy Bunny: celebrity encounters, travel, and "top money.” Continue Reading...

Learn more about Brooke Hauser's writing, Enter Helen and her speaking topics on her page. Enter Helen's new paperback edition releases this month.