Reading by Visiting Writer/Poet Patricia Smith

Thursday, February 08

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Visiting writer Patricia Smith will read at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8 in Kenan Hall, room 1111. She is the author of eight books of poetry, including Incendiary Art (2017), winner of an NAACP Image Award; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2012), which won the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets; and Blood Dazzler (2008), a chronicle of the human and environmental cost of Hurricane Katrina which was nominated for a National Book Award. Her work has appeared in Poetry magazine, The Paris Review, The New York Times, TriQuarterly, Tin House, The Washington Post, and in both Best American Poetry and Best American Essays.

A past Guggenheim fellow, she is a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize and a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, making her the most successful poet in the competition’s history. A professor at the College of Staten Island and in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, she is also an instructor in the Vermont College of Fine Arts Post-Graduate Residency Program.

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