Wednesday, September 7, 2016

SLCC Reading Series Hosts Poet Danez Smith

Salt Lake Community College, as part of its Reading Series program, will host a performance by poet Danez Smith Sept. 22, 7 p.m. in the Atrium at SLCC’s South City Campus, 1575 S. State Street, Salt Lake City.

Smith was featured in American Academy of Poet’s Emerging Writers Series by National Book Award finalist Patricia Smith. Smith's website states, “Like her, he bridges the poetics of the stage to that of the page. Danez’s work transcends arbitrary boundaries to present work that is gripping, dismantling of oppression constructs and striking on the human heart. Often centered around intersections of race, class, sexuality, faith and social justice, Danez uses rhythm, fierce raw power and image to reimagine the world as he takes it apart in his work.”

Poet Danez Smith

Smith is the 2016 recipient of the Kate Tufts Poetry Award and a 2016 Hopwood Awardee. Smith, who teaches with InsideOut Detroit, is a 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow, a Cave Canem and VONA alum, recipient of a McKnight Foundation Fellowship and winner of the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Smith is also a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, placing second in 2014, and a founding member of the Dark Noise Collective. Smith’s work can be found in Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Buzzfeed, Blavity and Ploughshares.

This event is made possible with support from SLCC and the nonprofit Utah Humanities.