Clint Smith
Teacher, Poet, and Doctoral Candidate, Harvard University
Biography
Clint Smith is a teacher, poet, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Society. He serves as a resident teaching artist in Boston Public Schools and as a writing instructor at Bay State Correctional Center in Norfolk, MA. His research interests include critical pedagogy, mass incarceration, the intersection of art and activism, how literacy shapes the formation of adolescent identity, and youth civic education. As a poet, he is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion and an Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist. He has also served as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State conducting international workshops on cross-cultural understanding and youth advocacy.
Clint Smith
Teacher, Poet, and Doctoral Candidate, Harvard University
SPEAKER FILM
Clint Smith — Beyond This Place
Clint Smith — Beyond This Place

Societal problems like racism and inequality can often feel overwhelming. Clint Smith sees understanding and empathy as our best responses, and one strong way to establish them is through storytelling. In his work as a poet, activist, and educator, which includes teaching writing at innovative program at the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, Smith often confronts how we're socialized to simplify others down to their race, their class, or even just their worst moment. The same is being done to us, and thus our lives can feel riven by social divides. But if we learn to tell our own storiesÑto explore our emotions and to captivate the emotions of othersÑwe can fully engage with our shared humanity. Smith's experience as a poet has made him adept at teaching these key storytelling tools, which he'll be sharing at this year's FoST summit.