November 16 Patricia Smith, Critically-Acclaimed Poet to Perform in Omaha
Program begins at 7 PM

The Nebraska Writers Collective is thrilled to announce that its 2013 Headlining Touring Artist, Patricia Smith, will read in Omaha on November 16, 2013. The event will take place at 7pm in the Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Concert Hall where she will be joined by poets from the Louder Than a Bomb: Omaha Youth Poetry Festival. Following the program, Smith will hold a book signing in Joslyn's Storz Fountain Court. Smith will also lead a writing workshop at 1pm that afternoon at Love’s Jazz and Art Center, at 2510 N 24th Street in Omaha. Both events are free, with a $5 suggested donation.

Recognized as one of the world’s most formidable performers, Smith is in high demand globally for readings, workshops, and speaking engagements. She is a four-time national individual champion of the wildly popular National Poetry Slam, making her the most successful competitor in the event’s 24-year history. She was featured in the nationally-released film “Slamnation,” and appeared on the award-winning HBO series “Def Poetry Jam.”

Smith is the author of six critically-acknowledged volumes of poetry, including Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets for the best book of poetry published last year and finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Other books include Blood Dazzler, a National Book Award finalist; Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series winner; Close to Death; Big Towns, Big Talk; and Life According to Motown, just re-released by Tia Chucha Press in a special 20th anniversary edition.

This is Smith’s first performance in Omaha, and the Nebraska Writers Collective is proud to bring her here as part of its Louder Than a Bomb: Omaha Youth Poetry Festival, where hundreds of students from dozens of Nebraska and Iowa high schools write, rehearse, and perform original poetry.

For more information about the event or Louder Than a Bomb: Omaha, please contact the NWC’s Executive Director Matt Mason by phone at 402-453-5711, by e-mail at, or on Nebraska Writers Collective website. More information on Patricia Smith is available at her website: