A.D. Carson is a performance artist, educator, and Ph.D. Candidate in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design at Clemson University. His work focuses on race, literature, history, and rhetorical performances. Through his See the Stripes campaign, which takes its name from Carson’s 2014 poem, he has worked with Clemson students, faculty, staff, and community members to raise awareness of historic and entrenched racism at the university. He is an award-winning artist with work published in The Guardian, The Conversation, Collage, The Alchemist Review, Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public-Radio Program, and Mistake House, among others. He has published essays in the critical readers The Cultural Impact of Kanye West and Jay-Z: Essays on Hip Hop’s Philosopher King. His first novel, COLD, hybridizes poetry, rap lyrics, and prose, and The City: [un]poems, thoughts, rhymes & miscellany is a collection of poems, short stories, and essays. Carson is the recipient of the Grace Patton Conant Award for Literary Creation and is a 2016 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Excellence in Service at Clemson University.

“Owning My Masters”

This project—this tension—is black study, the work of fugitive planning. It is work for and against the university, for and against disciplines, for and against verification and validation. The object of “Owning My Masters” is the aim of “Owning My Masters.” This introduction is a bad document identifying the fugitive as a citizen.

A.D. Carson: Familiar [Produced by Preme]

“For the mothers, the daughters,
the sisters who don’t get attention
but often are victims,
so they suffer in silence
from all kinds of violence
and try as they might we don’t listen.”

—A.D. Carson