Patricia Smith in conversation with Ajuan Mance
Friday, October 4, 2019 | 7:30 pm | Lisser Hall
- Please join us for this special event, presented by We Are the Voices, made possible
by the generous support of the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. Poet Patricia Smith will
give a reading followed by a conversation with Mills faculty, scholar, and visual
artist Ajuan Mance.
A master of poetic forms, Patricia Smith's poetry fearlessly engages with America’s continuous war on black bodies. She is the
award-winning author of eight critically acclaimed books of poetry, most recently
Incendiary Art, winner of the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, NAACP Image Award, Los Angeles Times
Book Prize, and a finalist for the Pulitzer. Smith is a Guggenheim fellow and a four-time
individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the competition’s
history. She is a professor at the College of Staten Island and teaches widely, including
at the VONA summer workshop.