Patricia Smith is the author of eight books of poetry, including: Incendiary Art, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, an NAACP Image Award, and finalist for both the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the Pulitzer Prize; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (which won the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets; Blood Dazzler, a chronicle of the human and environmental cost of Hurricane Katrina which was nominated for a National Book Award; and Teahouse of the Almighty, a 2005 National Poetry Series selection. In 2021 she was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Poetry magazine, the Paris Review, the New York Times, TriQuarterly, Tin House, the Washington Post, and in both Best American Poetry and Best American Essays. Smith is a distinguished professor of English for the City University of New York and a lecturer in creative writing at Princeton University.
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