Patrice Smith, life-long resident of the Washington DC area, long term educator and astute observer of the human condition has melded her experiences to become both a poet and a
spoken word performer.
Patrice is the ultimate educator, having worked every level from kindergarten through college
and taught both English and non-English speaking students. As a mentor teacher, she has
used her vast experience to train the next generation of teachers. After years of professional
achievements, Patrice is fortunate to have transformed her profession into her passion. In
2016, she released her first collection of poetry, Iris’s Eyes – Poetry for the Mind, Heart and
Soul. The collection is the culmination of a lifetime of aspirations, inspirations, and
experiences. Patrice’s first publication was quickly followed by a second volume, The Drum
That Calls, and later Visions and Voices, a collection of poems and music from the two books.
One of the greatest joys of Patrice’s career has been to share her poetry and spoken word in
performances throughout the area. She has previously presented at the State of Maryland
Reading Conference, Prince George’s County African American Museum & Cultural Arts
Center, the Write Women’s Book Festival, and Bus Boys & Poets, among other venues.
Patrice has also been inspired by interactions with other poets. As such, she is proud to be a
member of the Glow Poets.
Given her vast experience as an educator, poet, and performer, it is no wonder that Patrice is
sought after as a drama coach and poetry judge. Patrice is proud to serve as a judge in the
State of Maryland Literacy Association (SoMLA) – Young Author’s Poetry Competition and as
the Poetry Coordinator Team Member for the 2021-22 Coalition for African Americans in the
Performing Arts (CAAPA).
Patrice’s poetry and her performances exude passion, compassion, and power. Read her
work and you will understand why she has been given the moniker “Poetic Blaze” .