Clint Smith is a writer, teacher, and Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University. He is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and was named the 2013 Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council. He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, a Cave Canem Fellow, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, The Guardian, and Boston Review. His TED Talks, The Danger of Silence & How to Raise a Black Son in America have been collectively viewed more than 5 million times. His first full-length collection of poems, Counting Descent, was published in 2016 by Write Bloody Publishing and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. It is available for purchase here.