Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy Blog Features Visiting Scholar Ishmael Reed

MFA Program in Writing visiting scholar Ishmael Reed was recently featured on Speakeasy, the Wall Street Journal arts and entertainment blog.

Reed, author of The Free-Lance Pallbearers and Reckless Eyeballing, uses the recent media storm surrounding the controversial "not guilty" verdict of George Zimmerman (on trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida) to accentuate his own experience participating as part of a neighborhood watch team in the Bay Area.

In February, Reed's article "Neo-Classical Republicanism" was published in the New York Times Opinion Pages.

About Ishmael Reed

Ishmael Reed is an internationally renowned, award-winning novelist, poet, playwright, and essayist with more than 25 published books and six plays to his credit. In 1998 he became the 23rd UC Berkeley faculty member to be awarded with the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship award.

Reed also is a publisher, editor of numerous anthologies and magazines, television producer, radio and television commentator, teacher, and lecturer.

In addition to his 26 years spent as a lecturer at UC Berkeley, Reed also taught at Harvard, Dartmouth, and Yale.