Dr. Neal Hall is a medical-surgical eye physician and graduate of Cornell and Harvard Universities. An internationally acclaimed poet, he has composed poetry and performed readings throughout the U. S. and internationally to include: Kenya, Indonesia, France, Jamaica, Morocco, Canada, Nepal, Italy, Ghana, Japan, India and Germany.
The U.S. intellectual Cornel West, Ph.D., said of Dr. Hall “ [he] is a warrior of the spirit, a warrior of the mind, an activist, a poet. I sense Dr. Hall’s hypersensitivity to suffering – Martin, Malcolm and Jesus all had this hypersensitivity. Both sides of his soul have prophetic leanings. His poetry has the capacity to change ordinary people’s philosophy on social and racial issues.” Dr. Hall’s poetry speaks not just to the surface pain of injustice and inhumanity but deep into that pain, we label and package into genteel socio-political-economic-religious constructs to blur the common lines of cause, that is our shared story. A shared story that should unite us in a common struggle to be free.
Dr. Hall is an award-winning author of four books of poetry: Nigger For Life, reflecting his painful discovery, that in “unspoken America,” race is the one thing by which he is first judged, first measured and metered diminished value, dignity, equality and justice. Winter’s A’ Coming Still reflecting the more things are said to change, the more things are made to stay the same.
His third book, Where Do I Sit. was just published. Appalling Silence – selections of his work were translated into Telugu and Urdu and published in India. His work has been translated into 4 additional languages: Bengali, Kannada, German and Italian. The latter for a March 2017 bilingual Critical Edition of his work titled – Weight of Just Black – to be published by the University of Rome Tre, Rome, Italy. Three collaborating Italian scholars did the translations and critical edition. Poems from the book have been adapted for a stage performance to be held March 18th & 19th, 2017 at Rome’s Teatro Di Documenti.
India’s Vasanth Kannabiran, Chairperson, Asmita Resource Centre for Women, remarked: ‘ This is poetry that scalds you into waking up to the possibility that you are perhaps one of those silent spectators. All in all he is a poet. And unquestionably one of the most significant voices of the century.