Sunday, October 2, 2011

Videos - Poet Patricia Smith & Novelist Bruce DeSilva @ The Inspired Word

The married couple of poet Patricia Smith & novelist Bruce DeSilva @ Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, One and One Bar/Restaurant, Nexus Lounge, Manhattan, New York City. Hosted by Nathan P. Patricia Smith is the author of five books of poetry, including "Blood Dazzler," a 2008 National Book Award finalist, and "Teahouse of the Almighty," a National Poetry Series selection. In addition to appearing in The Best American Poetry 2011 and The Best American Essays 2011, her work has been published in The Paris Review, Poetry, TriQuarterly and many other anthologies and journals. She is a four-time champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the competition's history. Patricia is the editor of the anthology "Staten Island Noir" and teaches at CUNY/College of Staten Island and in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. For more info, please visit

Bruce DeSilva is the author of "Rogue Island," winner of the Mystery Writers of America's coveted Edgar Award for best first novel of 2010. The book has also been nominated for the Anthony and Barry awards and was a Publishers Weekly "first fiction" selection as one of the year's top debut novels. "Cliff Walk," the second book in the series, will be published early in 2012, and DeSilva is currently writing the third. DeSilva worked as an investigative reporter, editor, and writing coach at The Providence Journal, The Hartford Courant, and, most recently, The Associated Press, before retiring from journalism two years ago to write fiction. Stories he edited have won virtually every major journalism prize including The Polk (twice), The Livingston (twice) and The Pulitzer. His book reviews have appeared in The New York Times book review section, and he continues to review fiction regularly for the AP. For more info, please visit

The Inspired Word is New York City's hottest new spoken word poetry open mic series happening every Tuesday and Thursday night in downtown Manhattan, produced by longtime journalist and former Village Voice columnist Mike Geffner and hosted by HBO Def Poetry star Gemineye and the NYC spoken word legend Nathan P.

Videographer: Denise Goins
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