School of the Arts Faculty
Jabari Asim was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author of four books for adults and six books for children. His most recent works are What Obama Means...For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future (William Morrow, 2009) and A Taste of Honey: Stories (Broadway, 2010).
His poetry, drama, and prose have been widely published in various periodicals and anthologies. He was an editor for 11 years at the Washington Post, where he also wrote a syndicated column on politics, popular culture, and social issues. The editor-in-chief of the Crisis, the NAACP's flagship journal of politics, culture, and ideas, he received a 2009 Guggenheim fellowship in Creative Arts. Most recently, he has taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a scholarin- residence. He is perhaps best known for having appeared twice on The Colbert Report.