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Department of English Presents

Patricia Smith Reading

9/26/18, 7:00 PM

About this event

The Creative Writing Program presents poet Patricia Smith. Smith is the award-winning author of eight critically-acclaimed books of poetry, including Incendiary Art (Triquarterly Books, 2017), winner of the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the 2018 NAACP Image Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2012), winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets; Blood Dazzler (2008), a National Book Award finalist; and Gotta Go, Gotta Flow (2015), a collaboration with Chicago photographer Michael Abramson. Her other books include the poetry volumes Teahouse of the Almighty, Close to DeathBig Towns Big TalkLife According to Motown, the children's book Janna and the Kings, and the history Africans in America, a companion to the award-winning PBS series.

Writing about Incendiary Art, Publishers Weekly praised Smith’s “razor-sharp linguistic sensibilities that give her scenes a cinematic flair and her lines a momentum that buoys their emotional weight.” A master of poetic forms from her Motown crown of sonnets to elegant ghazals, Smith’s poetry fearlessly engages with America’s continuous war on black bodies.

A Guggenheim fellow, Smith is a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam. She is a professor at the College of Staten Island.

Free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations necessary.

Co-sponsored by the Edelstein-Keller Visiting Writer Series, the Creative Writing Program, and the Department of English.

For disabilities accommodations and information about the venue, email Terri Sutton at sutt0063@umn.edu or call 612-626-1528.

Parking: Weisman Museum Garage.
Event Location
  • Weisman Art Museum
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA