Patricia Smith has been called “a testament to the power of words to change lives.” She is the author of six books of poetry, including Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2012), which won the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets; Blood Dazzler (2008), a chronicle of the human and environmental cost of Hurricane Katrina which was nominated for a National Book Award; and Teahouse of the Almighty, a 2005 National Poetry Series selection published by Coffee House Press. Her work has appeared in Poetry, the Paris Review, the New York Times, TriQuarterly, Tin House, The Washington Post, and in both Best American Poetry and Best American Essays. Her contribution to the crime fiction anthology Staten Island Noir, which she edited, won the Robert L. Fish Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the best debut story of the year and was chosen for Best American Mystery Stories 2013. Smith also penned the critically acclaimed history Africans in America (1999) and the award-winning children’s book Janna and the Kings (2003). She is a 2014 Guggenheim fellow, a 2012 fellow at both MacDowell and Yaddo, a two-time Pushcart Prize winner, recipient of a Lannan fellowship and a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the competition’s history. She is currently working on a biography of Harriet Tubman, a poetry volume combining text and 19th century African-American photos, and a collaborative novel with her husband Bruce DeSilva, the Edgar-Award winning author of the Liam Mulligan crime novels.
Poems By PATRICIA SMITH
Blog Posts By PATRICIA SMITH
- It's Easter? Cue the strings, pass the Kleenex and fetch my pen.
- Common chaos, common ground. The chair, and the ass that's in it.
- And now, I'm pleased to not introduce....
- I'm a poet. I need my mouth.
- I have been summoned. I enthusiastically respond.
More blog posts by Patricia Smith (75 posts)
- SlamSlamSlamSlamSlamSlam! So there!
- Disasters in Collaboration, or....
- How to Have a REALLY Interesting Life....(and write about it, too!)
- Bull bits.
- Ticked off enough to make an appearance...
- Where poems come from.
- You didn't hear it from me...
- And pleasant dreams.
- Poet as Platypus.
- Poetry, the Conqueror of Pimples and All Prepubescent Profundities!
- It's 1:31 a.m....
- What I did over (the last week of) summer vacation...
- I'm certainly not proud of the fact...
- Kudos to the culprit.
- dead poets.
- I miss the Temptations.
- I'm working really hard. Really. I am. Really.
- Ashes to ashes...
- Whew. It's over.
- If this is Tuesday, what hat am I wearing?
- Cave Canem 2007
- What Robert Frost Can Teach Performance Poets
- Oh, HELL yeah...
- Does it come with a set of Ginzu knives...?
- Sometimes they're just really looooong poems...
- Complete with a surprise twist ending!
- The Carpenters!
- And the award goes to...
- Don't be jealous.
- First of all, copyright.
- Why has Patti been so quiet?
- I am, I said...
- Missive From Outside the Academy. Really!
- It's All About Me. Kinda. Almost.
- Have you said your something yet?
- What poetry would be like...
- She can drink legally now!
- I hope she has cab fare...
- Did I get stiffed?
- I want to be a "major" poet!
- Ms. G in the Pulpit.
- Yes, poetry matters.
- Oh, National Poetry Month...
- Phebus Etienne is dead.
- Wow. The silence is deafening.
- More elephant poop.
- Ignorance is some kinda bliss.
- Hey, guys...
- W.H. (Whatta Hunk) Auden. Sigh...
- Don't be boring, please.
- Just hand me my walker....
- I'm sick. Bask in my aura.
- And I didn't even get your name...
- What we're really writing for...
- Wow. Whew.
- MFA—Much Friggin’ Angst...
- That Kwame Dawes is so damned lyrical...
- Lil Patty Grows Up
- Yecch. Home again.
- And a side of fried okra, please...
- Clapping games...
- Red Carpet Treatment at AWP
- Journal, Day Five
- Journal, Day Four
- Journal, Day Three
- Journal, Day Two
- Journal, Day One
Audio & PodcastsPoem of the Day Poem of the Day Poem of the Day Poem of the Day Poem of the Day Poem of the Day The Poetry Magazine Podcast
Looking Animals in the Eye
Poems from Yusef Komunyakaa, V. Penelope Pelizzon, Kathy Nilsson, and Anthony Madrid, plus Patricia Smith on Gwendolyn Brooks.
Poems for President Obama
Charles Bernstein, Patricia Smith and Forrest Gander offer presidential advice.
Ten Years Later
The devastation of Hurricane Katrina remembered in poems