Suzi Q. Smith is a poet who lives with her brilliant daughter in Denver, Colorado. The author of Thirteen Descansos, she is also a powerful performer, commanding stages nationwide for years. She has shared stages with the late Gil Scott Heron, Nikki Giovanni, Talib Kweli, and many more. Her passionate performance style and fearless approach to challenging content have lead her to be consistently among the most well-known performing poets in the United States.
In addition to working as a teaching artist in Denver, Suzi Q. performs throughout the United States. She was the founding Slammaster of Slam Nuba, and she currently serves as the Executive Director of Poetry Slam, Inc. In addition, she has served as a co-coach of Denver Minor Disturbance Youth Poetry Slam, and a partner artist with Youth On Record (formerly known as Flobots.org). While most of her current work in the poetry slam arena is organizational, she placed as a finalist in the Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2011 and 2013 as well the Individual World Poetry Slam in 2011, she is a Southwest Shootout champion, and she has earned the champion (or co-champion) title at the Taos Poetry Festival: Versing in Converse three times since 2009.
Her work has appeared in Union Station Magazine, Suspect Press, La Palabra, Muzzle Magazine, Malpais Review, The Pedestal, The Los Angeles Journal, Denver Syntax, Word is Bond, The Peralta Press, Night Ballet Press, Yellow Chair Review and in the anthologies Diverse-City, His Rib: Anthology of Women, and In Our Own Words.
Suzi Q. has been featured in print, 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.
Suzi Q. was also a founding member of one of Denver’s most popular musical acts, the Lady Wu-Tang Clan, from its launch in January 2011 until May 2013, performing as Method Man alongside her fellow Lady Wu members to sold-out audiences around the region, and sharing stages with Raekwon and Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Academically, Suzi Q. Smith is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Societies, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Colorado at Denver. Suzi Q. has also worked extensively as an activist with civil rights organizations, victims advocate organizations, arts organizations, peace organizations, hospitals, prisons, and more. Currently, Suzi Q. Smith performs and teaches poetry and music throughout the U.S., in addition to leading workshops on writing and performance.
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