Jabari Asim is the author of six books for adults and nine books for children. His most recent works are Only The Strong (Agate, 2015), A Child's Introduction To African-American History (Hachette, 2018) and We Can't Breathe (Picador, 2018).
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. Formerly the editor-in-chief of Crisis magazine, 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 scholar-in- residence.