Last year, during her visit to read in the Poetry@Tech series, I got to speak with poet Patricia Smith. Due to some technical issues, we had to delay posting until now. It was a very fun and fascinating conversation. We talked about multi-modality, teaching, code-switching, and performance; the ridiculousness of the chasm between “spoken word” (she dislikes that term) and “academic” poets; building community between different kinds of poetry; and the importance of continuing to add tools to your writing toolbox. Enjoy!