Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Patricia Smith

Join us at the Poetry Foundation for the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s Fuller Award ceremony honoring Patricia Smith.

Co-presented with the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, American Writers Museum, and Guild Literary Complex, the ceremony will present Chicago poet Patricia Smith with the Fuller Award for her lifetime contributions to literature. Chicago Poet Laureate avery r. young will lead a lineup of presenters that includes Nora Brooks Blakely, Reginald Gibbons, Poetry Out Loud National Champion Niveah GloverAdrian MatejkaMarc Smith, and Jamila WoodsLynne Thompson will moderate a conversation with Ms. Smith at the end of the program.

Patricia Smith was born in Chicago and raised on the city’s West Side. She attended Southern Illinois University, Northwestern University, and the University of Southern Maine. She has had a distinguished literary career as a poet, spoken-word performer, author, and teacher. Individual awards include four National Poetry Slam championships, the 2023 Aiken Taylor Award, and the 2021 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation. Smith is a 2022 inductee to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Guggenheim fellow, Civitellian, National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, finalist for the Neustadt Prize, two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, and a former fellow at both Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony.

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s (CLHOF) Fuller Award was inspired by Henry Blake Fuller (1857-1929), author, editor, poet, critic, and composer, one of Chicago’s earliest novelists, and the author of The Cliff-Dwellers (1893) and With the Procession (1891). It is awarded annually to a writer with strong Chicago roots who has made a significant lifetime contribution to literature. CLHOF’s mission is “To honor and preserve Chicago’s great literary heritage—past, present, and future.” CLHOF is a not-for-profit organization. 

In-Person Attendance

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