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Joshua Bennett is an award winning performance poet from Yonkers, NY. He has recited his original works at events and venues such as The Sundance Film Festival, The NAACP Image Awards, The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Poetry Africa and President Obama’s Evening of Poetry and Music at the White House. Joshua has also performed on BBC Radio Oxford, alongside former U.S. Poet Laureates Billy Collins and Rita Dove, at the Du Bois Institute Panel as a guest of Henry Louis Gates, and opened for Dr. Cornel West at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Joshua graduated with the distinctions of Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, after double majoring in English and Africana Studies. In addition to receiving a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. Joshua was also awarded a Marshall Scholarship to earn a Masters of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Warwick in the U.K. He is currently pursuing a PhD in English from Princeton University.
In addition to academic success Joshua has been featured in ad campaigns, such as Reebok Classics’ WeRClassic magazine launch, Black Atlas and Ralph Lauren’s Rugby brand. He was a featured poet on the HBO series Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices, and has been named one of The Root.com’s Top 30 performance poets and The Grio.com Top 100 history makers in the making. Joshua thanks God for his gift, and is grateful for the opportunity to inspire others.
Joshua Bennett is represented by The Strivers Row, an Artist Management Agency.
“Hip Hop: Jay Dilla as My Delorean”
“Transatlantic Love Manifesto”
“Dear Stevie” (In the Key of Love)
Dean’s List 2: Sneak Peek!
“Spoken Wordsmith” - For Reebok’s magazine WeRClassic.com
“Chariot” - As a part of the Ralph Lauren Rugby Campaign
“Tamara’s Opus”- Performed at the White House
American Airlines Promo for Black Atlas.com
“Ten Things I Want to Say to a Black Woman”
“Carbon Copy”- As performed on the HBO series Brave New Voices
“Sartorial Sounds” by Street Etiquette