The Writer’s Block: A Video Q&A with Patricia Smith

by Sampsonia Way    /  October 31, 2012  / No comments

Photo by Chris Rolinson.

The Writer’s Block is an ongoing video series of interviews with visiting writers at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. In these Q&A’s, conducted on Sampsonia Way, writers sit down with us to discuss literature, their craft, and career. View all previous interviews here.

On September 8, 2012 poet Patricia Smith performed at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh‘s Jazz Poetry Concert. Before her reading, Smith was interviewed by Tameka Cage-Conley, a Pittsburgh-based playwright, poet, and writer. In this interview excerpt, Smith discusses performance, education, and poets’ responsibility to society. Read the full interview with Patricia Smith here.

Patricia Smith was one of five readers at this year’s Jazz Poetry Concert, hosted by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. She has published six poetry collections, including Blood Dazzler a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award. She has served as a faculty member for Cave Canem and teaches at City University of New York/College of Staten Island and the University of Southern Maine.

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Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh that seeks to protect and advocate for writers who may be endangered, to educate the public about threats to writers and literary expression, and to create a community in which endangered writers thrive and literary culture is a valued part of life.

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