Patricia Smith

PATRICIA SMITH is that rare poet who has succeeded in both the realms of spoken word and published poetry.  A powerful performer, she is a four-time National Individual Grand-Slam Champion (an unsurpassed achievement).   Her work has appeared in such prestigious literary publications as Poetry, Paris Review, Best American Poetry and many other journals and anthologies, and she has been a National Book Award finalist for poetry.  Patricia Smith’s poetry collections include Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2012); Teahouse of the Almighty (2006), chosen for the 2005 National Poetry Series; Big Towns, Big Talk (2002); Close to Death (1998); and Life According to Motown (1991).  Her book-length sequence of poems on Hurricane Katrina, Blood Dazzler (2008), has been adapted for a special performance at the Dodge Festival with the NJSO String Quartet playing excerpts from Winton Marsalis’ At the Octoroon Balls, a musical history of New Orleans.

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Reading and Conversation
Dan Bellm, Joseph Millar, Patricia Smith
Victoria Theatre

Richard Blanco, Eavan Boland, Henri Cole, Sharon Dolin, Nikky Finney, Terrance Hayes, Juan Felipe Herrera, Jane Hirshfield, Fanny Howe, Kurtis Lamkin, Dorianne Laux, Ada Limón, Thomas Lux, Rachel McKibbens, Taylor Mali, Joseph Millar, Idra Novey, Gregory Orr, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Patricia Smith, Arthur Sze, Larissa Szporluk, Natasha Trethewey, C.K. Williams, Raúl Zurita
Prudential Hall


Poets on Poetry
Patricia Smith
First Peddie Baptist Memorial Church

Festival Poet Readings
Nicky Beer, Eduardo C. Corral, Joseph Millar, Gregory Orr, Patricia Smith
Prudential Hall

Conversation: From Homer to Hip Hop/Poetry and the Oral Tradition
Rachel McKibbens, Taylor Mali, Patricia Smith
Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral


Rehearsal: Blood Dazzler at the Octoroon Balls
Patricia Smith & NJSO String Quartet
Prudential Hall

Conversation: In the Path of the Storm
Patricia Smith, Natasha Trethewey
North Star Academy Great Room

Readings & Music
Nikky Finney, Henri Cole, Dorianne Laux, C. K. Williams, Patricia Smith, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Quartet
Prudential Hall


Blood Dazzler at the Octoroon Balls
Patricia Smith & NJSO String Quartet
Prudential Hall