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Ishmael Reed at the City Club

The New Yorker called Ishmael Reed “a founding father of American multiculturalism,” and “America’s most fearless satirist.” A colleague at The University of California, Berkeley, where he taught for 35 years, said he “is probably our most prolific faculty member.”

This year, the multilingual poet, publisher, novelist, playwright, cartoonist, and lyricist, becomes a lifetime achievement award recipient from the Anisfield Wolf Book Awards. He will speak at the City Club of Cleveland’s Friday Forum to discuss his life and career.