March 16, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Patricia Smith will give a reading of her performance poetry on Tuesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the Stadler Center for Poetry in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

Smith also will participate in a panel discussion on African-American poetry at 4 p.m. in the Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell. Panelists include Carmen Gillespie, professor of English; Shara McCallum, associate professor of English and director of the Stadler Center for Poetry; James Peterson, assistant professor of English; and Tim Seibles, poet-in-residence for the spring semester at Bucknell.

Both events are free and open to the public.

National Poetry Slam champion
A four-time national individual champion of the Poetry Slam, Smith was featured in the film "Slamnation." She also has appeared on the award-winning HBO series "Def Poetry Jam."

Smith is the author of four volumes of poetry, including her most recent, Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press, 2008), a poetic chronicle of the physical and emotional toll of Hurricane Katrina. The book is the seed for her new dance/theater collaboration with Urban Bush Woman dancer Paloma McGregor.

Her works have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly and other journals as well as such anthologies as Gathering Ground, The Spoken Word Revolution, The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry and the Pushcart anthology.

For more information on the series and programs of the Stadler Center for Poetry, visit

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