100 Colorado Creatives: Suzi Q. Smith

Suzi Q. Smith in her role as Method Man with Lady Wu-Tang Clan.
#2: Suzi Q. Smith

Suzi Q. Smith's power lies in her words as well as her heart -- and the great gift she has for sharing both so freely, both as a poet on a stage and a bedrock cheerleader behind the scenes. But the 2012 Westword cover girl and nationally known slam poet has, over the years, found still more ways to touch hearts -- as a mentor, activist and just plain wonderful person, whose greatest inspiration is her own daughter.

We love the work she does; here's what she has to say about it.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Poet Ken Arkind

Photo by Jeremyah Payne.
Suzi Q. Smith onstage at the 2012 National Poetry Slam.
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

If I could collaborate with anyone in history, I think that I would choose James Baldwin. The insights in his work inspire me on a sea-change level, and I find myself returning to him over and over at different times in my life.

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

My daughter is the most interesting person I know. She is a freshman in high school, and she is becoming more herself every day, which is a fascinating process to watch. I can't think of anything more interesting than watching her bloom. Also, she is both brilliant and hilarious, and she enriches my life in immeasurable ways.

What's one art trend you want to see die this year?

I never want to see art die, but I will say that I am least interested in any art where the primary aim is to be clever. I know many people who are talented, creative geniuses. I am moved by the art that strikes me as the most honest.

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