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NOMMO African American Authors Series: Patricia Smith


Date: 11/03/2010

Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: Cowles Auditorium Hubert H. Humphrey Center

Cost: Each event: $15; Series pass: $25; Complimentary tickets available for U of M students and members of the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries (limit two)


Patricia Smith, lauded by critics as "a testament to the power of words to change lives," is the author of five acclaimed poetry volumes. Blood Dazzler, which chronicles the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award. Smith's work has been published in Poetry, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, and other literary journals/anthologies, and performed around the world. A four-time individual champion in the National Poetry Slam—the most successful slammer in the competition's history—Smith has also been a featured poet on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and has performed three one-woman plays, one produced by Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott. Smith teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine and is a professor of creative writing at the City University of New York/College of Staten Island.

In this series, host and moderator Alexs Pate, University of Minnesota professor and author of Amistad, takes you on a journey into the consciousness of three luminary writers. These dynamic events feature the authors reading from their work and engaging in spirited dialogue with Pate about the state of the art of African American literature.

This series is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center and Cave Canem.


  • Name: Lanaya Stangret
  • E-mail: stangret@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: University Libraries



Reservation Information:

Order tickets:

  • By phone: Call the Northorp Ticket Office at 612-624-2345 and purchase your tickets using a major credit card
  • In person: Northrop Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and is located at 105 Northrop Auditorium, 84 Church Street S.E., Mpls, 55455
  • On the web: www.tickets.umn.edu
    Complimentary tickets must be obtained by phone or in person at Northrop Ticket Office.

More information: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/2010/03/nommo_african_american_authors_3.html

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Lanaya Stangret at stangret@umn.edu or 612-624-9339.

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