Ishmael Reed

Ishmael Reed is a writer of plays, poetry, novels, and songs. His latest honors include the Alberto Dubito Award for International Poetry and the AUDELCO award for theatre.

Alta Asks Live: Susan Straight

Author Susan Straight joins Alta Asks Live and host Heather Scott Partington on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. PST to discuss her memoir In the Country of Women.

Spring 2020 Fiction Picks

From Silicon Valley to Butthole Surfer, buried mystery to a reinvention of the West, Alexandra Chang, Gibby Haynes, C Pam Zhang, and Sara Sligar author spring’s must-read fiction. 

Jim Harrison (left), Kim Shuck, and Forrest Gander.

Poetry Picks

Celebrate a poetic change of season with essential works from Jim Harrison, Kim Shuck, and Forrest Gander. 

Nonfiction Picks: The Lovers, the Dreamers, and Flea

Alta's Fall nonfiction selections feature four true stories about dreamers and schemers — and a musician named Flea.

Ishmael Reed, left, and Carla Blank pose for a photograph in front of their North Oakland home in 2019.

My Neighborhood

First published in 1983, this celebrated essay explores issues of race, place, and multicultural inclusion in California.

Ishmael Reed reflects on four decades of change—and humanity—in his North Oakland neighborhood.

My Neighborhood, Part 2

An acclaimed writer’s 40-year quest for peace and belonging in a community that has endured incursions of crack cocaine, gang violence, and neglect.

Acclaimed poet Ishmael Reed is based in Oakland.

‘Pluto and Luca Walk Into a Bar’

A new poem by Ishmael Reed. His latest honors include the Alberto Dubito Award for International Poetry and the AUDELCO award for theatre.

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