Discover the essential writings of Kevin Powell, a courageous and insightful voice in the American social, political, and cultural landscape. This hardcover edition offers honest and powerful reflections that will both challenge and inspire you. Plus, 10% of your purchase supports adult literacy through ProLiteracy. Get your copy today!
From Bev & Her Books:
"The Kevin Powell Reader is an eyes -wide-open collection of candid, passionate, and thoughtful writings that speak to the lived experience of a Black man in the world. The writings contained in this book reflect the spirit of an unflinchingly candid and courageous human, committed to examining his reality and truths, even as they shift throughout his mental, spiritual, and emotional development across several decades. The ideas and insights found in these pages will keep readers engaged in a though-provoking, perspective-shifting dialogue with both the author and themselves, as it offers a powerful look at the American social, political, and cultural landscape through one man's unblinking eyes."
From the Publisher:
A hopeful and insightful collection by one of the great voices of our time
"The Kevin Powell Reader is an electric and deeply inspiring selection from Powell's lifework, spanning the Reagan-Bush years of AIDS and crack epidemics to our current era framed by the COVID-19 pandemic; the tragic killing of George Floyd; the #MeToo movement; and much more."
"[Powell] has consistently published candid nonfiction political books, memoirs, and collections of poetry and essays . . . This comprehensive anthology of the writer's selections of his most important pieces is essential to aspiring writers and readers interested viewing Black life through a vast and diverse lens."
Kevin Powell is one of the most prolific and acclaimed American writers, thinkers, activists, and public speakers of the past three decades. His writings are important contributions to our national conversations on race, gender, class, politics, pop culture, celebrity, hip-hop, and the past, present, and future of the United States.
The Kevin Powell Reader is an electric and deeply inspiring selection from Powell’s lifework, spanning the Reagan-Bush years of AIDS and crack epidemics to our current era framed by the COVID-19 pandemic; the tragic killing of George Floyd; the #MeToo movement; and much more. In a journey that has produced fifteen books, countless cover stories, hundreds of published pieces, and definitive writings on iconic figures like Stacey Abrams, Dave Chappelle, Kerry Washington, Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson, Kobe Bryant, Tupac Shakur, Aretha Franklin, and Kendrick Lamar, Powell is a voice for our times, and a voice that is timeless.
This collection also tracks Powell’s personal struggles and his unwavering honesty about himself and the world around him. The Kevin Powell Reader captures twenty-first-century America with hope, insight, and the urgent need to preserve freedom and justice for all people.
Kevin Powell is a poet, journalist, essayist/blogger, public speaker, civil and human rights activist, filmmaker, and the author of fifteen previous books, including a new poetry collection, Grocery Shopping with My Mother. His next book will be a biography of Tupac Shakur. A native of Jersey City, NJ, Powell lives and thrives in New York City, in the borough of Brooklyn.
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