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Patricia Smith Reads from Her Latest Book

National Book Award finalist "Blood Dazzler"

Posted: February 25, 2009

Patricia Smith Poetry Reading
Monday March 9, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Joynes Reading Room (Carothers Dormitory)

Patricia Smith will read from her latest book, Blood Dazzler, which chronicles the human, physical, and emotional toll exacted by Hurricane Katrina and which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award. She is the author of four other books of poetry, including Teahouse of the Almighty (Coffee House Press), a National Poetry Series winner and a 2007 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award winner. 

Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Paris Review, TriQuarterly, and other journals. Smith is recognized as one of the most formidable performers of poetry in America, and she has won the individual title of the National Poetry Slam an unprecedented four times. Smith has performed at Carnegie Hall, Bumbershoot, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and St. Mark's Poetry Project and has shared the stage with writers such as Adrienne Rich, Sharon Olds, Rita Dove, Joyce Carol Oates, Allen Ginsberg, Gwendolyn Brooks, Billy Collins, and Galway Kinnell. Visit her website at:

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