[Blackstudies-l] Dorothea Smartt, Oct 29, 5:30pm

Emilye Crosby crosby at geneseo.edu
Thu Oct 24 13:09:16 EDT 2013

Cultural Harmony Week

October 29th, Tuesday

5:30 PM

Newton 209.

 Performance poet and live artist Dorothea Smartt, a prize-winning Black British writer of Bajan descent, will be reading from her new book.  Ship Shape re-imagines the life of Samboo, an African slave lost to history, buried at Sunderland Point in Lancaster, England.  When Smartt saw the grave, she had to tell his story.

Smartt’s poetry has  appeared in several ground-breaking anthologies, including Bittersweet (Women’s Press, 1998), The Fire People (Payback Press, 1998) , Voice Memory Ashes (Mango Publishing, 1999), Mythic Women/Real Women (Faber, 2000),  IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain (2000),  and Red: Contemporary Black British Poetry (Peepal Tree, 2010), to name only a few.  Her first collection, Connecting Medium, was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2001, and will also be available for signing.

 “The pulse of her work rises and falls...images make noise, silences are transformed"

Konrad Keno Foster, Caribbean Times. 

For more information on Dorothea Smartt visit


 This will be Dorothea Smartt’s second visit to Geneseo. 

Emilye Crosby
History Department
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
(585) 245-5375 (office)
crosby at geneseo.edu

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