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2009 Patricia Smith

Headshot Patricia Smith

“The Legacy of Dr. King”

The “fierce charisma” of poetry slam artist Patricia Smith captivated the audience. A four-time champion of the National Poetry Slam, she is the most successful slammer in the competition’s history for individual performance. She was also a featured poet on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and is the author of five acclaimed poetry volumes. Instrumental in making the art of spoken word a phenomenon across the country, Smith continues to enlighten others with her political conscience.