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Poetry Path: Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith, from "Practice Standing Unleashed and Clean"

Patricia Smith is a poet, performer, and teacher. Her most recent collection, Incendiary Art (Northwestern University Press, 2017), won the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry, the 2018 NAACP Image Award, and was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize. She is a four-time National Poetry Slam champion, a 2017 Civitella Ranieri fellow, a 2014 Guggenheim fellow, a 2012 Yaddo and MacDowell fellow, and a two-time Pushcart Prize winner. Smith teaches poetry, fiction, and African-American literature at the College of Staten Island, in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, and is a Cave Canem faculty member.

Patricia Smith from Practice Standing Unleashed and Clean Photo by Daniel Terna

Patricia Smith from Practice Standing Unleashed and Clean Photo by Daniel Terna

Photos by Daniel Terna

Patricia Smith, excerpt from “Practice Standing Unleashed and Clean” commissioned by Academy of American Poets for Imagine Your Parks (Ellis Island, 2016). Reprinted with the permission of the author.

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