Suzi Q. Smith

Denver, CO 80205

Author's Bio

Suzi Q. Smith is an artist and an activist. She is mother to an amazing daughter who fills her life with joy. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies and literary magazines, while her name is well known throughout the spoken word circuit. She has shared stages with Gil Scott Heron, Les Nubians, Dead Prez, and many more. Her passionate performances have earned her a place among the best Spoken Word artists in the nation. Suzi Q. has worked with civil rights organizations, victim advocate organizations, arts organizations, peace organizations, among others. In 2011, Suzi Q. competed in the Women of the World Poetry Slam and is currently ranked third in the world. She is also a member of the 2011 Denver Slam Team, and a coach of the Minor Disturbance Youth Poetry Slam Team.

Publications and Prizes

Estrology, Women of the World Anthology
(Wordsmith Press, 2008)
his rib
(Penmanship Books, 2007)
, In Our Own Words
(Burning Bush Publishing, 2004)
, Peralta Press
(Peralta Press, 2003)
, Word is Bond
(Word is Bond, 2005)
Denver Syntax, Events Quarterly, The Los Angeles Journal
Prizes Won: 
2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam Finalist, currently ranked 3rd in the world 2011 Taos Verse/Converse Festival Silver Tongue Champion 2011 Pablo Neruda Poetry Festival Barrio Slam Finalist 2010 Women of the World Poetry Slam - Denver Champion 2009 NACA Nationals Selection 2009 Coach, Slam Nuba Denver 2009 Pablo Neruda Poetry Festival Barrio Slam Finalist 2009 Taos Poetry Festival Silver Tongue Slam Finalist 2009 Slaughterhouse Slam Finalist 2008 NACA Mid-Atlantic Showcase 2006-2007 Founding Slammaster of Slam Nuba Denver Team 2006-2007 Poetry Editor, Denver Syntax

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Tenderheaded: A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories by Juliette Harris, Pamela Johnson (editors)
Lighthead by Terrance Hayes
Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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African American, German American, Mixed Race, Native American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Any, At Risk Youth, Children, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, Homeless people, Hospital patients, Mentally Ill, Naturalists/Environmentalists, People with Disabilities, Prisoners, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers
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Last updated: Jun 12, 2011