NOMMO : Patricia Smith November 03, 2010

SEVENTH ANNUAL NOMMO African American Authors Series: The Magic Power of the Word.

Patricia Smith, lauded by critics as “a testament to the power of words to change lives,” is the author of five acclaimed poetry volumes. Blood Dazzler,which chronicles the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, was a finalistfor the 2008 National Book Award. Smith’s work has been published inPoetry, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, and other literary journals/anthologies,and performed around the world. A four-time individual champion in theNational Poetry Slam — the most successful slammer in thecompetition’s history — Smith has also been a featuredpoet on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and has performedthree one-woman plays, one produced by NobelPrize winner Derek Walcott. Smith teaches in theStonecoast MFA program at the University of SouthernMaine and is a professor of creative writing at the CityUniversity of New York/College of Staten Island.


In this series, host and moderator Alexs Pate, University ofMinnesota professor and author of Amistad, takes you on ajourney into the consciousness of three luminary writers.These dynamic events feature the authors reading from theirwork and engaging in spirited dialogue with Pate about thestate of the art of African American literature.

The Givens Foundation’s NOMMO African American Authors Series has become a fixture on the Twin Cities’ cultural landscape for bringing literary excellence to broad and diverse audiences. NOMMO Series events provide rare opportunities to publicly define the state of the art of African American literature and to locate the work and contributions of national as well as Twin Cities African American writers within the present authoring of our literary tradition.

True to its meaning igniting “the magic power of the word,” the NOMMO Series also serves to:

  • Create platforms for the work of African American authors within our communities and
  • Aid in the understanding of the significance of living African American writers and
  • Create an imperative for the exploration and understanding of African American literature.

NOMMO 2010-2011 Series Brochure: Download PDF

Get Tickets online.

By phone: 612-624-2345

(Complimentary Tickets: U of M students and members of the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries are eligible to recieve up to two complimentary tickets for each event. If you are an ACTC student contact your English Department/ the Northrop Ticket Office to see if comp tickets are available.

All events begin at 7:00 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Directions and Parking

series sponsors (click on the links provided to learn more):

The Givens Foundation for African American Literature

The Friends of University of Minnesota Libraries

UROC: The University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center

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