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Poet Patricia Smith reads at Canisius College tonight

One of the truly stellar talents in American poetry and spoken word performance visits Canisius College today for a full day of activities sponsored by the college's creative writing program.

Chicago native and former Boston Globe columnist Patricia Smith is a four-time National Poetry Slam individual champion and the author of five collections of poetry, including “Teahouse of the Almighty” (Coffee House Press, 2006), a National Poetry Series award winner and recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy and Paterson Poetry Prize, and “Blood Dazzler” (Coffee House, 2008), her acclaimed poetic chronicle of the human and environmental cost of Hurricane Katrina on the inhabitants of the Mississippi River Delta region.  "Blood Dazzler" was a 2008 National Book Award finalist.

Ms. Smith is currently working on “Fixed on a Furious Star,” a biography of African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman that is slated for publication later this year by Crown Publishing Group.

Smith will spend much of her day in classrooms speaking before and working with students, but will culminate her visit to Buffalo with a reading/performance in the Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series tonight at 7 p.m. in the Marie Maday Theatre in Lyons Hall on the college's Main St. campus.

The reading and performance is free and open to the general public.

--R.D. Pohl

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