Patricia Smith

A 2008 National Book Award Finalist, Patricia Smith’s fifth book of poetry, Blood Dazzler, chronicles the human, physical and emotional toll exacted by Hurricane Katrina. Her other works include Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series winner; Close to Death, Big Towns, Big Talk, and Life According to Motown. Recognized as one of the world’s most formidable performers, Smith has read her work at venues round the world, and is a four-time national slam champion, 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.”