Cantab Feature for Wednesday, July 2, 2014: Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith. (Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.)

Patricia Smith. (Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.)

Boston Poetry Slam co-founder, winningest slam competitor ever, and honest-to-metaphor firework Patricia Smith will return to the Cantab tonight for a special summer holiday feature.

Patricia Smith, lauded by critics as “a testament to the power of words to change lives,” is the author of six acclaimed poetry volumes. Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah was winner of the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, awarded to the best poetry book published in the United States the previous year. Patricia is also a 2008 National Book Award finalist, winner of the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, the National Poetry Series award, the Patterson poetry award, two Pushcart prizes, and the Rattle poetry prize. She won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for short story writing and has had work selected to appear in both “Best American Poetry” and “Best American Essays.” In 2006, she was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, and she was the recipient of both McDowell and Yadoo fellowships. She is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow.

This show will sell out: arrive BEFORE door time if you want to get in. (You want to get in.)

This show in our weekly Wednesday series takes place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00 (there is no poetry slam tonight). The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.