May 25, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Patterson Library
40 S. Portage St. Westfield
NY 14787

Join us on May 25, 2023, from 6-7pm for an extraordinary evening celebrating the art of poetry and cultural heritage. We are thrilled to present the incredibly talented poet, Shatriya Smith, as she takes the stage at the Patterson Library!

Shatriya Smith, the Springfield Illinois Underground poet laureate, community advocate, and Executive Director of the renowned Garvey-Tubman Cultural Arts and Research Center, will mesmerize you with her captivating performance. Prepare to be inspired as she showcases the beauty of performing original poetry and ebonic renditions of esteemed poets like the legendary Paul Lawrence Dunbar.

Hailing from Springfield herself, Ms. Smith has been passionately hosting a series of thought-provoking “Underground Railroad”-themed poetry events across central Illinois, captivating audiences with her words and engaging storytelling. And now, she brings her unique talents to the Patterson Library for a one-of-a-kind evening you won’t want to miss!

At this event, Ms. Smith will delve into the depths of the Underground Railroad’s legacy, using powerful words like escape, chains, and redemption to illuminate the struggles and triumphs of the past. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of history as she weaves together her favorite poems and shares short family stories that provide a fascinating glimpse into her personal life and heritage.

Get ready to be moved, uplifted, and inspired by the magic of spoken word poetry. Mark your calendars and invite your friends, because this event promises to be an unforgettable experience for all poetry enthusiasts and lovers of cultural exploration.

Don’t miss out on this dynamic evening! Join us at the Patterson Library on May 25, 2023, from 6-7pm as Shatriya Smith shares her extraordinary talent and passion for storytelling through the art of poetry.

For more details about the event, please visit our website at www.pattersonlib.org. See you there!

Black Woman Speaking with Shatriya Smith