Keystone presents poet

First Posted: 3/28/2012

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Keystone College Concerts and Lectures Series will present a poetry reading by acclaimed poet Patricia Smith April 3 at 7 p.m. in Evans Hall, Hibbard Campus Center. The event is free.

Smith is the author of five poetry volumes. “Blood Dazzler,” which chronicles the human, physical and emotional toll exacted by Hurricane Katrina, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award.

Smith is also the author of “Teahouse of the Almighty,” a National Poetry Series winner; “Close to Death,” “Big Towns, Big Talk” and “Life According to Motown.” Her poem “The Way Pilots Walk” received a Pushcart Prize, and is featured in Pushcart Prize XXXII: Best of the Small Presses.

She is a four-time national individual champion of Poetry Slam, the most successful competitor in slam history. She was also featured in the nationally-released film “Slamnation,” and appeared on the award-winning HBO series “Def Poetry Jam.”

Smith is currently at work on the verse memoir “Shoulda Been Jimmie Savannah” and the young adult novel “The Journey of Willie J.” Previously she authored “Africans in America,” a companion volume to the groundbreaking four-part PBS history series.

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