Suzi Q. Smith (suziqsmith)
Her work has been published in numerous anthologies and literary magazines, while her name is well known among the slam and spoken word circuit.
She has shared stages with Les Nubians, Dead Prez, Gil Scott Heron, and many more, performing at Colleges and Universities, night clubs, coffee houses, and festivals throughout the U.S. Her song-laden style and passionate performances have earned her a place among the best spoken word artists in the nation.
She has been featured on numerous television and radio programs, and her poetry has been sampled and remixed all over the world, earning both high acclaim and controversy. Her single ‘Moments’, in collaboration with Psy’Aviah, received International attention after being a finalist in the BBC’s ‘Next Big Thing’ contest.
She has appeared on FreeSpeech TV, ManiaTV, Poets on the Loose, and many other live television broadcasts. Her work has also been featured on countless radio stations throughout the world.
Her poetry has been published in many formats, including a collection of poems entitled Walk Softly (and carry an a.k.), released to high acclaim from modern poetry critics. Suzi Q. is also well-known as an Activist working with civil rights organizations, victims advocate organizations, arts organizations, peace organizations, and more.
In 2006, Suzi Q. founded Slam Nuba, which quickly became one of the nation’s most highly-ranked poetry slam teams. She has also served as the Poetry Editor for Denver Syntax, an online arts review focused on innovative music, literature, and visual arts.
Currently, Suzi Q. Smith performs in schools throughout the United States and teaches creative writing workshops in many learning environments from schools to detention centers. Her second published collection of poetry is slated to be released in Fall 2009.