Dorothea Smartt, born and raised in London, is of Barbadian heritage. Dubbed “Brit born Bajan international” by Kamau Brathwaithe, (Poet), her poetry appears in several journals and ground-breaking anthologies, including IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain (2000), and A Storm Between Fingers (Flipped Eye, 2007). Dorothea’s first collection, Connecting Medium (2001) features a Forward Prize award winning poem. Her video/poetry installation is part of LandFall, (2009) at the Museum of London Docklands, an international exhibition of new work exploring the Atlantic Ocean as natural phenomenon and transporter of dreams and peoples. She regularly facilitates poetry workshops. She has read and performed in Wales, Hungary, Denmark, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Jamaica, Bahrain, Egypt, England and the USA.
“‘One of the most daring and exciting figures to emerge from London’s poetry scene … Constantly experiment(ing) with both the form and content of her work, tackling the themes of identity, alienation and self-fulfillment with refreshing boldness.”
Apples and Snakes, England’s leading organisation for performance poetry.
“Part of a chorus of voices coming out of the diaspora.”
Kwame Dawes Poet
“Some of the most exciting poetry being written in England today…”
Lauri Ramey, Konch
“Dorothea brought intelligence, openness and gravitas to this event. Her readings were generous and moving, and she engaged well with the audience.”