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.

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

Essential New Poetry for Fall

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

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.