The slam poet, performer, 2008 National Book Award Finalist Patricia Smith will be at PSU on Friday, February 11, at 7:30pm in 328 Smith. Figures of Speech, a local reading series, has more information about the reading.
Smith is recognized as a formidable performer, who has presented her work around the world, from the Poets Stage in Stockholm to Carnegie Hall. She has shared the stage with writers including Adrienne Rich, Joyce Carol Oates, Allen Ginsberg and Gwendolyn Brooks. She has worked with Boston stalwart Philip Pemberton and the blues band Bop Thunderous, and as an occasional vocalist with the stellar improvisational jazz group, Bill Cole’s Untempered Ensemble.
Patricia is a four-time national individual champion of the Poetry Slam, the most successful competitor in slam history. She was featured in the nationally-released film Slamnation, and appeared on the award-winning HBO series “Def Poetry Jam.” Smith’s fifth book of poetry, Blood Dazzler, for which she was a NBA finalist, chronicles the human, physical, and emotional toll exacted by Hurricane Katrina, a catastrophic natural event with lasting spiritual and political impact. These poems are also the focal point of a new dance/theater collaboration between Smith and Urban Bush Women dancer Paloma McGregor.
This event is co-sponsored by PSU’s MFA Creative Writing Program, Figures of Speech, and Roosevelt High School.