Colorado Creatives

100 Colorado Creatives: Suzi Q. Smith

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What's your day job?

I am a teaching and performing artist full-time. I work with Youth on Record teaching Intro to Poetry and Spoken Word in a couple of area high schools, and I travel the U.S. performing my own poetry, mostly on college campuses.

A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?

If a mystery patron offered me unlimited funds for life, I would provide housing, food, education and health services for people around the world in a way that is sustainable and empowering. This could include a few artist communes where we raise goats, grow vegetables and write poetry.

What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?

I think that the arts scene in Denver has grown tremendously over the last decade. There are any number of really cool arts events to go to every night of the week, from gallery openings to local music to poetry open mics - if you want it, you can probably find it, if you know the right people to ask. While the insular nature of our scene has collaborative rewards, I would love for Denver to make it easier to find the arts events for the people that aren't already deeply embedded in the scene.

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