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L.A. Artist Noah Davis: "Savage Wilds"

"The title Savage Wilds references the controversial 1988 play of the same name by Ishmael Reed, in which two women hosting a game show hire an African American comedian to be hunted live on television.  When rubber bullets are mistakenly replaced with real ammunition, the stakes for questions of spectacle and exploitation rise exponentially.  Davis’s paintings achieve

Jazz Giant David Murray on "Monster Love"

With lyrics by Ishmael Reed, "Monster Love" - originally written for Grammy Award-winning artist Macy Gray - will be featured on the new recording by the BlackMusic Infinity Quartet, as reported in The Louisiana Weekly:


Ishmael Reed featured on David Hammons's "House of the Future"

"Across the intersection from the flagpole is another, even more ambitious project by David Hammons: an impossibly narrow Charleston single house. Situated diagonally on the corner lot and built to be not much wider than a single doorway, it is a pastiche of classic Charleston building techniques, with three types of traditional roofing and five types of siding.

Available for Pre-Order! - Going Too Far: Essays About America's Nervous Breakdown

Ishmael Reed's next collection of essays, GOING TOO FAR: ESSAYS ABOUT AMERICA'S NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, is now available for pre-order. See here for more details.


(San Francisco, CA, February 28, 2012) – SFJAZZ, the leading nonprofit jazz organization on the West Coast, the presenter of the SFJAZZ Spring Season 2012 running now through June 22, and the San Francisco Jazz Festival, today announced the appointment of Ishmael Reed as the first SFJAZZ Poet Laureate. This appointment will serve to expand and promote the role of poetry and spoken word in jazz and to continue celebrating jazz as a living art form built on a constantly evolving tradition.

Ishmael Reed Receives the Spotlight Award from the Bay Area Business Roundtable

On Thursday January 26th, the Bay Area Business Roundtable presented “Spotlight Awards” to Ishmael Reed and Len Canty, the founder and Chairperson of the Black Economic Council.

Ishmael Reed Reads Poem "Scrub Jays" on SLATE

Follow the link below and Click the arrow on the audio player to hear Ishmael Reed read this poem. You can also download the recording or subscribe to Slate's Poetry Podcast on iTunes.