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Ishmael Reed

Novelist, Poet & Playwright

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The author of 28 published books to date, Ishmael Reed is a novelist, poet, playwright, and essayist. He is also a publisher, editor of 13 anthologies and numerous magazines, television producer, public media commentator, teacher, and lecturer. His tenth novel, Juice!, published by Dalkey Archive Press in April 2011, includes over 20 of his cartoons.

Reed is also a radio and television commentator, and a founder of The Before Columbus Foundation, which annually presents the American Book Awards; the Oakland chapter of PEN; and There City Cinema, an organization which furthers the distribution and discuss of films throughout the world.

Two of Reed's books have been nominated for National Book Awards, and a book of poetry, Conjure, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He has received writing fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, along with National Endowment and New York State Council of the Arts fellowships for publishing and video production. In 1991, he received an American Cultures Fellowship from the University of California-Berkeley to produce an original television drama.

Among his other honors, he became a MacArthur Fellow in1998, the same year he received a Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Award, for which he maintained a three-year collaboration with the Oakland-based Second Start Literacy Project. He received a Fred Cody Award from the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association (1999), the same year he was inducted into Chicago State University's National Literary Hall of Fame of Writers of African Descent, and a Langston Hughes Medal, awarded by City College of New York (1995). In 2002, he received a Rene Castillo OTTO Award for Political Theatre and in 2003 he received a Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award and a Phillis Wheatley Award from the Harlem Book Fair. In 2004, he was honored with a Robert Kirsch Award, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize; the D.C. Area Writing Project's 2nd Annual Exemplary Writer's Award, and the Martin Millennial Writers, Inc.'s Contribution to Southern Arts Award, in Memphis, Tennessee.

For 29 years, Reed has been a lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley; he has also taught at Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, and the University of the Antilles in Martinique. He recently received a fellowship to continue studies of the Yoruba language, and has studied Japanese for five years under private tutors. In 1993, Reed was one of two Americans to receive the Hanayagi Award, bestowed upon international artists by the Osaka Community Foundation.

Reed's articles and book reviews have appeared in many newspapers and magazines in the United States and abroad, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post, as well as Scholastic Magazine and The Japan Times Weekly. His novels and essays have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German, and Dutch.

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Going Too Far: Essays About America's Nervous Breakdown

Going Too Far: Essays About America's Nervous Breakdown

Juice!: A Novel (American Literature Series)

Juice!: A Novel (American Literature Series)

Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the Nigger Breakers

Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the Nigger Breakers

Ishmael Reed: The Plays (American Literature Series)

Ishmael Reed: The Plays (American Literature Series)

Mixing It Up: Taking On the Media Bullies and Other Reflections

Mixing It Up: Taking On the Media Bullies and Other Reflections

New and Collected Poems 1964-2007

New and Collected Poems 1964-2007

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Ishmael Reed Biography

The author of 28 published books to date, Ishmael Reed is a novelist, poet, playwright, and essayist. He is also a publisher, editor of 13 anthologies and numerous magazines, television producer, public media commentator, teacher, and lecturer. His tenth novel, Juice!, published by Dalkey Archive Press in April 2011, includes over 20 of his cartoons.

Reed is also a radio and television commentator, and a founder of The Before Columbus Foundation, which annually presents the American Book Awards; the Oakland chapter of PEN; and There City Cinema, an organization which furthers the distribution and discuss of films throughout the world.

Two of Reed's books have been nominated for National Book Awards, and a book of poetry, Conjure, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He has received writing fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, along with National Endowment and New York State Council of the Arts fellowships for publishing and video production. In 1991, he received an American Cultures Fellowship from the University of California-Berkeley to produce an original television drama.

Among his other honors, he became a MacArthur Fellow in1998, the same year he received a Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Award, for which he maintained a three-year collaboration with the Oakland-based Second Start Literacy Project. He received a Fred Cody Award from the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association (1999), the same year he was inducted into Chicago State University's National Literary Hall of Fame of Writers of African Descent, and a Langston Hughes Medal, awarded by City College of New York (1995). In 2002, he received a Rene Castillo OTTO Award for Political Theatre and in 2003 he received a Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award and a Phillis Wheatley Award from the Harlem Book Fair. In 2004, he was honored with a Robert Kirsch Award, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize; the D.C. Area Writing Project's 2nd Annual Exemplary Writer's Award, and the Martin Millennial Writers, Inc.'s Contribution to Southern Arts Award, in Memphis, Tennessee.

For 29 years, Reed has been a lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley; he has also taught at Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, and the University of the Antilles in Martinique. He recently received a fellowship to continue studies of the Yoruba language, and has studied Japanese for five years under private tutors. In 1993, Reed was one of two Americans to receive the Hanayagi Award, bestowed upon international artists by the Osaka Community Foundation.

Reed's articles and book reviews have appeared in many newspapers and magazines in the United States and abroad, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post, as well as Scholastic Magazine and The Japan Times Weekly. His novels and essays have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German, and Dutch.

Ishmael Reed Videos

  • Ishmael Reed, author: "Juice!" - YouTube
  • Novelist/Poet - Ishmael Reed on 'Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln ...

Ishmael Reed Books

Ishmael Reed Speaking Topics

  • An Evening of Poetry

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  • How to book Ishmael Reed?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ishmael Reed for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Ishmael Reed, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ishmael Reed or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ishmael Reed?

    Booking fees for Ishmael Reed, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ishmael Reed, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ishmael Reed?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ishmael Reed for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ishmael Reed for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ishmael Reed or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ishmael Reed or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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  • Ishmael Reed, author: "Juice!" - YouTube
    Novelist/Poet - Ishmael Reed on 'Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln ...

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  • An Evening of Poetry

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