Skip to Main Content

African American Women Writers

Patricia Smith (1955- ), American poet, journalist, playwright and performance artist, is a prominent figure in modern African-American literature. Her poetry is noteworthy for its emotional power, its easy command of vernacular and slang, and its imaginative range. Over the years Smith has earned widespread acclaim for her spoken-word performances, and her talent for public reading has helped shape the force and vigour of her poetry. At the same time, Smith's experiences as a journalist have played a key role in shaping the clarity and precision of her verse style, lending her poems an element of clarity and directness that makes them accessible to a broad readership.

Genre: Poetry

More about Patricia Smith at ProQuest One Literature

By Patricia Smith

About Patricia Smith