Patricia Smith

Lance Cleland

Patricia Smith is the award-winning author of eight critically-acclaimed books of poetry, including Unshuttered (Triquarterly Books, 2023), Incendiary Art; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets;  and Blood Dazzler, a National Book Award finalist. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Tin House, and Best American Poetry. She is a Guggenheim fellow, a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, the winner of the POETRY /FOUNDATION RUTH LILY PRIZE FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT and a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize. Patricia is a professor at the College of Staten Island and in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.