Academic Publications

Harvard Educational Review, Spring 2017, "Complex Sentences: Searching for the Purpose of Education Inside a Massachusetts State Prison"



The New Republic, August 2019, “The Sound and the Silence of Toni Morrison”

TIME, May 2019, “While Prisoners Struggle to Afford Calls to Their Families, States Are Making a Profit. This Must Stop Now”

The Atlantic, March 2019, “Elite Colleges Constantly Tell Low-Income Students They Do Not Belong”


The New Yorker, June 2018, "World Cup 2018: The African Teams Depart Early"

The New Yorker, June 2018, "World Cup 2018: Once Again, Brazil Counts on Coutinho"

The New Yorker, June 2018, "World Cup 2018: The Black and White and Brown Faces of Les Bleus"

The New Yorker, June 2018, "World Cup 2018: Senegal Dances Again in the World Cup"

The New Yorker, June 2018, "World Cup 2018: Panama’s Pride Against the Belgian Juggernaut"

The New Yorker, June 2018, "World Cup 2018: Waiting for Mohamed Salah"

Bleacher Report, June 2018, Inside the Unstoppable Greatness of Neymar"

The New Republic, May 2018, "Wake Up, Mr. West!"

The Atlantic, April 2018, "Freedom Ain't Free"

National Geographic,  April 2018, "Why Historically Black Colleges Are Enjoying a Renaissance"

The New Yorker, March 2018, "The Agony of Being an Arsenal Fan"

The Paris Review, March 2018, "What Would W. E. B. Du Bois Make of Black Panther?"

The Atlantic, February 2018, "The New Tax Law’s Subtle Subversion of Public Schools"


Buzzfeed Reader, December 2017, "The Terrible Costs of Selective Empathy"

The Paris Review, December 2017, "An Intimate History of America"

Poets & Writers, October 2017, "The Poet at Work" (Profile of Kevin Young)

The New Yorker, October 2017, "In a Moment of American Isolation, the Men’s National Team Fails to Qualify for the World Cup"

The New Yorker, September 2017, "James Baldwin’s Lesson for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil"

The New Yorker, September 2017, "The U.S. Men’s National Team Ties Honduras in an Unexpectedly Political Qualifier"

The New Republic, September 2017, "Affirmative Action as Reparations"

The New Yorker, July 2017, "A Joyfully Defiant U.S. Men’s National Team Takes the Gold Cup"

The Atlantic, June 2017, "The Lifelong Learning of Lifelong Inmates" 

The New Republic, May 2017, "The Young Black Activists Targeting New Orleans's Confederate Monuments"

The New Yorker, March 2017, "Freddy Adu and the Children of the Beautiful Game"


The New Yorker, December 2016, "Ralph Ellison's 'Invisible Man' as a Parable of Our Time"

The New Yorker, October 2016, "The Desegregation and Resegregation of Charlotte's Schools"

The New Yorker, August 2016, "Why the U.S. is Right to Move Away From Private Prisons"

The New Yorker, July 2016, "Racism, Stress, and Black Death"

The New Yorker, June 2016, "The Power of Pell Grants For Prisoners"

Vox, June 2016, "Police Killings Get a Lot of Attention -- So Should Police Beatings"

The New Yorker, June 2016, "There is No Justice in Killing Dylann Roof"

Boston Review, May 2016, "What is Education For? - Response to Danielle Allen"

The New Yorker, March 2016, "Donald Trump, David Duke, and the Soccer Fields of Louisiana"

The New Yorker, February 2016, "The Meaning of Life Without Parole"


The New Yorker, December 2015, "The Stories Tamir Rice Makes Us Remember"

The Guardian, September 2015: "'These men aren't barbaric or malign' – inside a US prison classroom"

Seven Scribes, August 2015: "Strangers in our Home: Why Writing about Hurricane Katrina is Both Impossible and Necessary"

The Guardian, July 2015: "Teach black students they can change communities - they don't have to escape"

TED, May 2015: "My hopes, dreams, fears for my future black son"



The New York Times Magazine, August 2019, Two poems for the 1619 Project

Adroit Journal, July 2019, "Here Nor There”

Southern Indiana Review, June 2019, “For the Doctor’s Records”

Wildness, May 2019, “When people say “we have been through worse before”


Auburn Avenue, November 2018, “This Year Was the First Year I Could Not Remember Your Voice”

POETRY Magazine, October 2018, “the drone”

Harvard Kennedy School Journal of African American Public Policy, September 2018, “Your National Anthem”


Wildness, October 2017, "waiting on a heartbeat" & "The New York Times reports that 200 Iraqi civilians have been killed by U.S. military airstrikes"

Academy of American Poets, August 2017, "FaceTime"

Poetry Society of America, May 2017, "what is left"

The Rumpus, April 2017, "Pangaea"


The American Poetry Review, Nov/Dec 2016, Six Poems

Split This Rock, December 2016, "There is a Lake Here"

Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Fall 2016, "what the cathedral said to the black boy" & "When Mom Braids my Sister's Hair"

Public Pool, June 2016, "Full-Court Press," How to Fight," "My Jump Shot"

The Diverse Arts Project, Spring 2016, "Meteor Shower"

Drunk in a Midnight Choir, April 2016, "a lineage"

Bat City Review, Spring 2016, "For the Taxi Cabs that Pass Me in Harvard Square"

Waypoints Magazine, March 2016, "Ode to the End-of-6th Grade Picnic"

Lunch Ticket, Winter/Spring 2016 "Beyond This Place"


Watershed Review, Fall 2015, "Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class"

Switchback, Fall 2015, "Keeping Score"

The American Literary Review, October 2015, "For Charles" & "How to Make a Cardboard Box Disappear in 10 Steps"

Bird's Thumb, October 2015, "Line/Breaks" & "Ode to the Loop-de-Loop"

Harvard Educational Review, September 2015, "The Art of Unlearning"

Kinfolks: A Journal of Black Expression, Fall 2015, "Counting Descent"

Mason's Road, July 2015, "Soles"

Drunk in a Midnight Choir, May 2015: Three Poems

Lime Hawk, Spring 2015, "What the Ocean Said to the Black Boy"

Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, April 2015: "for mrs garner"

Still: The Journal, Winter 2015: 4 Poems

Off the Coast, Winter 2015, "what the cicada said to the brown boy"

Winter Tangerine Review, February 2015, "For the Boys Who Never Learned How to Swim"

Selected Interviews

NPR's Here & Now, October 2017, "Why James Baldwin's 'A Talk To Teachers' Remains Relevant 54 Years Later"

Literary Hub, February 2017, "Clint Smith on Protest, Art, and Protest-Art"

NPR's Here & Now, November 2016, "Through Poetry And TED Talks, Clint Smith Probes Racism In America"