The seventh annual NOMMO African American Authors series hosted and moderated by Alexs Pate will begin it's spirited dialogue journey with author Patricia Smith on November 6, 2010. Smith, lauded by critics as "a testament to the power of words to change lives," is the author of five acclaimed poetry volumes. Blood Dazzler, which chronicles the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, was a finalist for the 2008 national Book Award.
Smith's work has been published in Poetry, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, and other literary journals/anthologies, and performed around the world. A four time individual champion in the National Poetry Slam-the most successful slammer in the competition's history. Smith has also been a featured poet on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and has performed three one-woman plays one produced by Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott. Smith teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine and is a professor of creative writing at the City University of New York/College of Staten Island.