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Patricia Smith Reading
The Washington University MFA Program Fall Reading Series 2019 presents Visiting Hurst Professor Patricia Smith, the author of seven books of poetry, including “Incendiary Art” (2017), winner of an NAACP Image Award and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. The ghost of Emmett Till takes breath and litany through the powerful lines in “Incendiary Art”. Metaphors and painful snapshots, written with the precision of a poet who has conquered page and stage, capture the United States of America on the brink and the implosion of civil rights with the Mississippi murder of a young boy from Chicago