PUBLIC READING BY POET PATRICIA SMITH
PORTLAND, Ore. – Renowned poet, Patricia Smith, author of six critically acknowledged volumes of poetry, will be performing a free public reading in Portland on Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Wieden+Kennedy, located at 224 NW 13th Avenue.
Smith’s visit to Portland is in partnership with Caldera and in addition to this public reading, she will be teaching a week-long, in-school poetry residency at Caldera Arts Partner School, Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) Academy. Over 100 students will have the opportunity to work with Smith to create original works of spoken word and slam poetry based on their own personal and cultural history.
Smith’s latest publication, Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, a memoir in verse, was awarded the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress and the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Her other publications include Blood Dazzler, a National Book Award finalist; Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series winner; Close to Death; Big Towns, Big Talk and Life According to Motown which was recently released in a special 20th anniversary edition. Her work has appeared in many journals and poetry magazines and in dozens of groundbreaking anthologies, including Best American Poetry, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African-American Poetry. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, for her poems “The Way Pilots Walk” and “Laugh Your Troubles Away!” Smith is a Cave Canem faculty member, a professor of English at CUNY/College of Staten Island, and a faculty member of the Sierra Nevada MFA program. She has also done hundreds of writing and performance residencies in elementary, middle schools, and high schools.
Caldera is a nonprofit organization that works to create positive change in the lives of underserved youth through a unique and powerful blend of arts, nature, community building, and long-term group mentoring. Caldera supports youth in embracing and exploring their unique voices. The organization was established in 1996 by Dan Wieden, co-founder of the Portland, Ore., based international advertising agency, Wieden+Kennedy, and his family. Caldera’s mission is to be a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year-round art and environmental programs.
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