- Category: PA 2001
Dorothea Smartt, born and raised in London, is of Barbadian heritage. She is acknowledged as tackling multilayered cultural myths and the real life experiences of Black women with searing honesty. She was Brixton Market's first Poet-in-Residence and a former Attached Live Artist at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts. Awarded several commissions and bursaries, she is a member of the Black Arts Alliance and an Afro-Style School 'graduate'. Her solo work, Medusa, is considered an 'outstanding Black example', and her poetry appears in several groundbreaking anthologies.
Her collaborative performances include From You To Me To You (an Institute of Contemporary Arts, Live Arts Commission), and Home is Where the Heart Kicks (a Black Arts Alliance Commission). She continues to perform in Britain and abroad and lectures part time at Birkbeck College. In 2000 she was commissioned to write her first play, Fall Out, which successfully toured primary schools.
In 2001 she will be a guest writer at Florida International University and Oberlin College. She is poetry editor of Sable (a litmag for writers and readers), while currently researching and developing new performance works. Dorothea Smartt's premier collection, Connecting Medium, will be published by Peepal Tree Press later this year.
Smartt has been described by Apples and Snakes as "One of the most daring and exciting figures to emerge from London's poetry scene . constantly experimenting with both the form and content of her work, tackling the themes of identity, alienation and self-fulfillment with refreshing boldness. "
Poetry featured in:
Penguin Book of New Black Writing, 2000, Penguin
Mythic Women/Real Women, 2000, Faber & Faber
Voice Memory Ashes, 1999, Women's Press
The Fire People, 1998, Payback Press
Love Shook My Senses, 1998, Women's Press
Flaming Words, Burning Images, 1996, SAKS Publications
Moving Beyond Boundaries, 1995, Pluto
Intimate Wilderness, 1991, Eighth Mountain Press (USA)